Do you think picking the "right" major is usually overemphasized? Generally, your choice of a major does not dictate what careers you will be able to enjoy, unless you choose a career which requires technical or specialized training, such as engineer or medicine. Below is a list of some people you may find interesting along with their choice of college major. Try to match the celebrities to their majors. Click on their name for their major and more information.
2. Gene Simmons's flamboyant
on-stage antics with his band "Kiss",
may come in some way from his earlier academic pursuits. He
majored in education at Richmond College on Staten Island, New York.
After graduating, Simmons briefly taught elementary school in New York's
Spanish Harlem neighborhood.
3. Celebrated film director Steven
Spielberg holds several honorary doctorates from universities
around the world, in addition to three Academy Awards and a slew of box
office records. But he had never finished his bachelor's degree, in film
and electronic arts, until 2002. Spielberg completed coursework from
California State University, Long Beach by writing term papers and
completing general education requirements, all through independent study.
In considering Spielberg for graduation, the university's film department
graciously waived the requirement that all majors complete a polished
4. Martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee
studied philosophy for three years at the University of Washington in
Seattle, before he dropped out to teach kung fu. In addition to performing
almost superhuman feats of martial arts in his films, Lee wrote several
books, including Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Lee's own philosophy of martial-arts
5. Academy Award-winning actor Jodie Foster
graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in literature from Yale
University. She is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress,
director, and producer. She has also won two Golden Globes, BAFTA and a
Screen Actors Guild Award. After appearing as a child in several
commercials, Foster won her first role in the 1970 TV movie Menace on the
Mountain, followed by several Disney productions. Foster did not
experience her breakout role until 1976, when she received moderate
recognition but great acclaim for her role as a pre-teenage prostitute in
Taxi Driver, receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1988, for playing a rape victim in
The Accused. In 1991, she starred in The Silence of the Lambs as Clarice
Starling, a gifted FBI Agent investigating a serial killer. For this
performance she received international acclaim and another Oscar for Best
6. Mick Jagger was a business
student at the rigorous London School of Economics when he, Keith
Richards, and Brian Jones formed The Rolling Stones. He continued his
studies even after the band started performing professionally, but his
business-school training must have helped him recognize a promising
opportunity, because he soon quit school to devote himself full time to
becoming a rock 'n' roll star.
7. Golfing powerhouse Tiger Woods
studied economics at Stanford University. Given the size of Wood's
tournament winnings and product endorsement contracts, let's hope he
concentrated on macroeconomics.
Currently the World No. 1, Woods was the highest paid professional athlete
in 2006, having earned an estimated $100 million from winnings and
endorsements. In 2006, at the age of 30, he won his eleventh and
twelfth professional major golf championships and has more wins on the PGA
Tour than any other active golfer.
8. Steve Martin majored in
philosophy at Long Beach College (now California State University--Long
Beach) and at UCLA. He even briefly considered becoming a philosophy
professor before turning to comedy.
9. David Letterman majored in
telecommunications while at Ball State University in his home state of
Indiana. It's unclear whether or not Stupid Human Tricks formed a part of
Letterman's senior thesis. He is an award-winning American comedian, late
night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar
Series car owner. His first major success occurred on the long-running NBC
television program, Late Night with David Letterman, before moving to CBS
in 1993 to his current place on the Late Show.
10. Hugh Hefner, who founded Playboy
magazine, majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, where he presumably learned a thing or two about the
average American male psyche. Even with two additional minor courses of
study in writing and art, Hefner doubled his course load and graduated in
just two and one-half years.
11. Eva Longoria.
Long before she was a desperate housewife, Longoria was a student at Texas
A&M University-Kingsville where she completed a degree in kinesiology in
1998. Ultimately, Longoria opted not to become a physical therapist and
instead put kinesiology ó the study of body movement ó to work on Wisteria
12. Arnold Schwarzenegger Body
Builder/Actor/Governor (University of Wisconsin)
13. Ray Romano.
This Everybody Loveís Raymond star was almost everybodyís favorite taxman.
Thatís right, before getting his big break, Romano attended Queens College
in Flushing, New York, where he intended to study accounting.
14. Ashley Judd.
Anyone who follows college basketball has probably seen Ashley Judd
cheering in the stands at University of Kentucky basketball games. As a
student, Judd majored in French, with minors in anthropology, art history,
theater, and womenís studies. After leaving school in 1990 just one course
shy of graduation, Judd finally graduated last month.
15. Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Chief
16. David Robinson, NBA basketball
great for the San Antonio Spurs. Won numerous NBA titles.
Robinson is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the
game. A born-again Christian, Robinson is also an amateur musician who
enjoys playing various instruments at home. His nicknames include "The
Admiral", based on his service as an officer in the United States Navy.
Robinson is now on staff at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Received a
BS in mathematics from the United States Naval Academy.
17. Montel Williams, famous talk
show host. Diagnosed with MS.
18. Bill Clinton,
42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to
2001. Before his presidency, Clinton served nearly twelve years as the
50th and 52nd Governor of Arkansas. He was the third-youngest person to
serve as president, behind Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, and is
considered the first baby boomer president. Attended Georgetown
University, University College, Oxford and Yale Law School
19. Will Ferrell.
While many people know this actor for his portrayal of Ron Burgundy,
anchorman extraordinaire, most people donít know Ferrell actually studied
to be a real anchorman at the University of Southern California, where he
completed a degree in sports broadcasting in 1989.
20. Michael Jordan,
star basketball player from NC. Widely considered
one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he became one of the
most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental
in popularizing the NBA (National Basketball Association) around the world
in the 1980s and 1990s. After a standout career at the University of
North Carolina, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly
emerged as one of the stars of the league, entertaining crowds with his
prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam
dunks from the foul line at Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the nicknames
"Air Jordan" and "His Airness."
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