What can I do with an economics major??

At the University of Oklahoma, they (rightly) pretty much keep me away from the undergrads. But I gather this is a frequent question, often answered with "anything that you could do with a business degree only for less money"!! Hence I offer up this list of way cool economics majors to inspire your students:

Brian Stann (won silver star, and now mixed a martial arts fighter) US Naval Academy

Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) Hartwick College

Danny Glover (actor) San Francisco State University

Greg Ginn (punk rocker and entrepeneur) UCLA

Bill Belichick (NFL coach with super bowl bling) Wesleyan University

Mick Jagger (international sex symbol??) London School of Economics

Mike Musina
(Yankees Pitcher)  Stanford

I don’t want to be sexist with this list; I am pretty sure the pro poker player Vanessa Russo was an econ major at Duke, but I couldn’t confirm this. Are there any cool female econ majors that I’m missing (Robin (world’s greatest co-author) was a political science major and Sandra Day O’Connor (ex-Supreme) AIN’T cool)?

PS on the down side there is always Ken Lay (evildoer, Missouri) and Kofi Annan (conflicted bureaucrat, Macalester College).

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It seems pretty obvious that for many of these people economics was something they used to pass the time while in college, not something that led to their current status. I'm pretty sure any student wondering about what they can do with their degree will also notice this.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070519/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/people_glover_1;_ylt=An0.Fp0KC3.3jXWnpzfACYFjhuIA

Funny that you would note Danny Glover given the company he chooses to keep.

Don't forget Ronald Reagan.

Ahnold (Govenator) University of Wisconsin-Superior

Bollywood hottie Amisha Patel (Tufts).

This list is pretty impressive. Some names:

John Elway NFL quarterback (Stanford)

Bernie Kosar NFL quarterback (University of Miami)

Lenny Wilkens NBA Coach/Hall of Famer (Providence College)

Lionel Richie Singer/Songwriter (Tuskegee University)

Jim Bunning US Congressman/Hall of Fame Baseballer (Xavier)

Ray Manzarek Musician; The Doors (DePaul University)

Billy Kidd Professional Skier (University of Colorado)

Billy Packer Sports Broadcaster (Wake Forest)

Tiger Woods Golfer (Stanford**)

** Hasn't finished yet

Try this link to a promotional video put out by the Econ Dept at Ball State:

http://dvisweb1.bsu.edu/media/economics/promo_320x240.asx

I realize this is unfair, as I am setting myself up as judge and jury (for this week at least, what a power trip!), but ARNOLD, BUSH, LIONEL RITCHIE and BILLY PACKER ain't cool!!!!!

great tips on Fox, Blanchett, and Patel

Can anyone actually confirm that Eldrick Woods actually was an econ major during his cup of coffee at Stanford? I know he's on some lists but they don't offer any real confirmation.

Leslie Daniels was an econ major.

So, there. One hot woman who was an econ major.

Kevin Grier,

". . . a lot less money than other business majors"; come on don't be so ignorant. Watch the video I recommeded and go

READ the articile that Dan Black et al. had on the payoff to an undergrad major in econ vs. other business undergrad degreees.

It is really sad that you are ignorant of the fact that Black et al. report. If you are going to blog, you really should do your homework to avoid egg on your face.

"It seems pretty obvious that for many of these people economics was something they used to pass the time while in college, not something that led to their current status. I'm pretty sure any student wondering about what they can do with their degree will also notice this."

I can't speak for everyone Kevin listed, but here's a passage from the book "Patriot Reign" by Michael Holley:

Robert (Kraft) remembered the conversations. He remembered Belichick talking about the new NFL that the 1994 collective bargaining agreement had created. Under the system, Belichick theorized, a smartyly managed team would be able to compete for playoff positions and, ultimately, championships.

So, yeah, studying econ. did benefit at least one of these careers.

Kevin Grier,

There is nothing that I see that is very funny about promulgating the false notion that Dan
Black et al. debunked; Econ undergrads do not earn less than Finance or Accounting undergrads, and they earn substantially more than Bus.Admin. undergrads and Marketing undergrads, as well as more than almost every other type of undergrad major save engineers. Yes, I think that this is
too important to get wrong. The life decisions of young people are important to me; sorry if that makes me humor challenged, but so be it. I'd rather be humor challenged than irresponsible toward the next generation.

Kemal Dervis , head of the UNDP

why is it a good thing that they keep you away from the undergrads?

Brian Stann (won silver star, and now mixed a martial arts fighter) US Naval Academy

You win the lottery; Lt. Stann EARNED the Silver Star.

Mick Jagger only did a year of his degree and it was actually finance and accountancy (same as mine, from the same place) as the major. At the LSE there are a series of degrees called "Economics" but some of them don't actually have much economics in them,.

The new President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, has a Masters in economics, and several in his Cabinet are econ Phds.

It seems pretty obvious that for many of these people economics was something they used to pass the time while in college, not something that led to their current status.

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There is nothing that I see that is very funny about promulgating the false notion that Dan Black et al. debunked; Econ undergrads do not earn less than Finance or Accounting undergrads,

Sure seems as if some people take themselves and/or econ a little too seriously... I second Kevin's suggestion to cultivate a sense of humor and not be so quick to take everything seriously... seriously.

Brian Courts,

Post your best joke and if it makes me laugh, I'll explain to you how it is not at all like making an off the cuff assertion about econs earning less.

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