Business Majors Are Basically Kind of Dumb

Now look, before all of you undergrad business majors get all hot under your golf shirt collars and start angrily pounding on your cubicle walls and throwing around your fraternity-branded shot glasses: this is not from me, okay? This is from "The Wall Street Journal," a newspaper that you may have heard of at some point in one of your business classes. (If you haven't, that's okay.) It's not that business majors are bad. Not at all. You're just not as sharp as the other kids.

Again, don't take it from me. I love business majors. Take it from the people in the "business" field:

The biggest complaint: The undergraduate degrees focus too much on the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don't develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays, in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal-arts courses... while most recruiters don't outright avoid business majors, companies in consulting, technology and even finance say they're looking for candidates with a broader academic background.

"So, Aidynn, let's see here, you're a, let's see, business major, eh? And you're here why? A job interview? You say you have an appointment for it? You say you scheduled an appointment just yesterday, to come here, for a job interview? And you say you spoke to me about it? And you say you even spoke to me just minutes ago, when you came in? And you say I was very enthusiastic until I glanced at your resume and saw that you were a business major? Well, hmm. I don't know. I don't know anything about that. I'm sorry, there must be a mix up. Very sorry, Aidynn. Here, take this free pen branded with our company logo. It clicks, see? Haha, that's right. 'Click click!' Yes, that's the sound it makes. Very good. You take that as a gift. I don't know anything about this 'job interview' you mentioned. Sorry about that. You do seem like a nice fella, though. Well, bye now. Just send in the next candidate on your way out. Thanks."

Strategic thinking!

[WSJ. Photo: Shutterstock]