In a column full of conventional “wisdom” in which David Brooks outlines a hypothetical angry voter, he writes this in filling in “Ben’s” biography:
Ben would like to have majored in history, but he needed a skill so he studied hotel management. Others spent their college years partying, but Ben worked hard. After graduation, he got a job with a hotel chain. A few years later, he got a different job and then a different one.
It’s not the central point of Brooks’s column, but I can’t let this dig at history majors slide by. I’ve already described the value my senior seminar students found in being a history major at Baa Ram U. How would you add to that? (We might expand that to humanities majors in general, rather than just limit this discussion to history.) No digs at Hotel Mangement majors, please!