Confronting the Argument that Humanities Graduates are Destined for Starbucks | By Emerson Csorba

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people joke about a political science/history/anthropology graduate being destined for nothing more than Starbucks or any other generic services job. It’s pretty obvious that these criticisms are absurd, but that doesn’t deter people from perpetuating the counterproductive discourse.

For those that would like a basic overview of the major criticisms levelled against humanities students and graduates in the media, this is a really useful website. Make sure you send this link off to your peers that believe that natural sciences, business and engineering are inherently superior paths for study than the humanities!

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  • Shadi

    Great article – it’s not just the humanities though. I’m doing a double major in Mathematics/Economics and my degree comes under constant scrutiny from basically everyone. It seems like the longer you attend this University, the more you discover of the balkanized student body via degree aptitude disputes and people defining their proper department as a faction of the highest order.

  • Graeme

    I think students of all faculties face significant challenges when they graduate these days in finding meaningful employment. Unfortunately a BA or a BSc is no longer a ticket for a guaranteed good life as it was in previous decades.

    But yeah, the liberal arts is unfairly targeted. There are plenty of good, high-paying jobs for social sciences grads – in both the public and private sectors. And for those in the humanities and fine arts as well. I think any degree is a huge asset to have, its what you do with it that matters.