Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Steve Case, founder of AOL, regarding the significance of a liberal arts education in a rapidly changing world. The interview is from the Academy of Achievement website.
Steve Case: “Williams College is a classic liberal arts school, so there is nothing really business-oriented about it. There’s no business classes. There’s no marketing classes. It’s really a more traditional kind of thing. So my degree was in political science, which I think was — the closest I could come to marketing is politics. You know, for better or worse, a lot about marketing and positioning candidates and so forth, but I was sort of interested in it anyway.
“So, I wouldn’t say that any specific course really was instrumental. I do think that a general liberal arts education is very important, particularly in an uncertain changing world. I think what a liberal arts perspective gives you, is you know a little bit about a lot of things, and look at the world as sort of a mosaic and kind of see how the pieces come together. I think that gives you a perspective that I found to be very valuable. And so in one sense, there’s nothing specific that I learned that was applicable. In another sense everything I learned was a useful foundation. Because I do think — not just in building AOL — but just the world in which we live is a very confusing, rapidly changing world where technology has accelerated.”