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Why Study English?

List of CEOS from Humanities backgrounds:

Business Insider 
11 Reasons To Ignore The Haters And Major In The Humanities
By Max Nisen.

35 Awesome Jobs for English Majors
By James Mulvey.

Business Insider 
16 Wildly Successful People Who Majored in English
By Vivian Giang, Lynne Guey and Max Nisen.

New Yorker 
Why Teach English?
By Adam Gopnik.

Association of American Colleges and Universities 
Employers More Interested in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Than College Major
"National Survey Shows Need to Increase Focus on Applied Learning, Intercultural Skills, Ethical Judgment, and Evidence-Based Reasoning as Outcomes for All College Students."

USA Today 
Arts majors jump ahead of tech grads in landing jobs.
"Recent graduates with technology degrees are having a tougher time finding a job than their peers in the arts."
By Lauren Kirkwood.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Ideal English Major.
"All students—and I mean all—ought to think seriously about majoring in English. Becoming an English major means pursuing the most important subject of all—being a human being."
By Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Open Forum
Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires.
By Bruna Martinuzzi.

Academica Group
Humanities grads play large role in economy, UK study.
"...a section of the report, which asked students qualitative questions about their experiences, supported the view that it was the unique soft skills gained from a humanities education that had made the difference in their careers."

Patients Need Poetry. And so do doctors.
"For patients, who can find themselves lost and voiceless in the overpowering medical enterprise, poetry can often help recapture their voice."
By Danielle Ofri, associate professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review..

The Huffington Post
Why I Hire English Majors
"I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. And I love their bold choice for a major. Most of all, I love to hire them."
By Steve Strauss, Bestselling author, USA TODAY columnist, leading small business expert.

The Atlantic
The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers
"Only people who don't understand statistics would question the value of an English degree."
By Jordan Weissmann, associate editor at The Atlantic..

Yahoo! Finance
Logitech CEO: 'I Love Hiring English Majors'
"'The older I get, the more I realize the power of words and the power of words in making you think ... the best CEOs and leaders are extremely good writers and have this ability to articulate and verbalize what they're thinking,' he says."
By Vivian Giang.

Inside Higher Ed
Making the Case for Liberal Arts
By Colleen Flaherty.

Harvard University, Arts & Humanities Division
On the Value of a Liberal Arts Education
By James Engell, Gurney Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature.

Business Insider
16 Wildly Successful People Who Majored in English
"...many English majors go on to become highly successful people in business, government and technology."
By Vivian Giang, Lynne Guey and Max Nisen.

The president of Penguin Canada on work-life balance
The president and publisher of Penguin Canada is proof that being an English major is not a waste of four years. 
By Antonia Whyatt.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires, Survey Finds
By Beckie Supiano.

The Globe and Mail
Really, a skilled-labour shortage? In truth, we need arts grads
Alex Usher is president of Higher Education Strategy Associates.

What do employers really want from college grads?
By Amy Scott.

Engineers and English majors: the jobs are calling.
"But employers want everything." Degrees in the humanities "give you an ability to read, write, research, critique, and argue a case."
By Jaclyn Tersigni.

Santa Clara Magazine
How to avoid a bonfire of the humanities.
"''English majors are exactly the people I'm looking for,' one successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur recently told me."
By Michael S. Malone.

Google will hire 4,000 to 5,000 arts grads next year.
"Arts grads can make great provgrammers: VP" 
By Josh Dehaas.

CNN blog: schools of thought
What will you do with an English degree? Plenty.
Michael Bérubé is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor and director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, and the 2012 president of the Modern Language Association.

The Globe and Mail
Humanities degree provides excellent investment returns.
Brent Herbert Copley, PhD, is vice-president, Research Capacity at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

8 College Degrees That Will Earn Your Money Back.
(Hint - English tops the list!)
Dawn Dugan, contributing writer.

The Globe and Mail
Why university students need a well-rounded education.
James Bradshaw.

The Globe and Mail
Don't take literacy for granted.
Craig Alexander is senior vice-president and chief economist at TD Bank Group.

Harvard Business Review Blog
I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.
Kyle Wiens is CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community, as well as founder of Dozuki, a software company dedicated to helping manufacturers publish amazing documentation.

Harvard Business Review Blog 
“Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities”
Tony Golsby-Smith is the founder and CEO of Second Road, a business design and transformation firm headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Stanford University 
"Quit Your Technology Job and Get a Humanities Ph.D”
Dr. Damon Horowitz is a philosopher and entrepreneur, exploring what is possible at the intersection of technology and the humanities. He discusses the value of a humanities Ph.D. in a world that is being continuously inundated with new technology, and how to apply the degree toward a successful career.

The Guardian
"Do humanities graduates have the edge in the job market?"
New College of Humanities director Matthew Batstone looks at the leaders of the present to imagine where humanities students and graduates will be in the future.

Belfast Telegraph
“Many leaders have humanities degree”
"A high proportion of successful leaders in the UK have a degree in a humanities subject, new research has found." 

The Globe and Mail
“Mind the gap: no ‘people skills’, no job” March 5, 2012:

Janet Lane is executive director of Literacy Alberta. Todd Hirsch is a Calgary-based economist and author of The Boiling Frog Dilemma.