|There's No Bad Major|
|By David L. Marcus '82|
How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning by Daniel R. Schwarz ’65 AM, ’68 PhD (Wiley Blackwell)American higher education is under fire as never before. More than a dozen states have passed legislation rewarding public colleges for channeling students to STEM careers, while those same legislators cut funding for liberal arts. A chorus of critics is asking if college is even necessary in an age when online courses abound.
To guide parents of high school and college students and to defend the humanities, Daniel R. Schwarz ’68 AM, PhD ’68, the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English at Cornell, who’s been teaching there for almost fifty years, published How to Succeed In College and Beyond: The Art of Learning. David L. Marcus ’82, author of Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges—And Find Themselves, asked him about his book.
BAM How do we prepare our children for success in college?
BAM One of your chapter titles stirred my anxiety: “What to Do With a Bachelor of Arts in English.” What is the answer?
BAM On the other hand, quite a few experts question the value of one of today’s most popular majors, business.
BAM What’s something that parents should know when they send a child to college?
BAM We’ve all read about the economic value of a college education, but what about the value of a college education in non-economic or intangible terms?
BAM What’s your challenge to undergrads?