And I don’t say that very often about David Brooks:
Studying the humanities improves your ability to read and write. No matter what you do in life, you will have a huge advantage if you can read a paragraph and discern its meaning (a rarer talent than you might suppose). You will have enormous power if you are the person in the office who can write a clear and concise memo.
I just heard a story today about a history graduate who got a job at a new York advertising agency and is moving up the job ladder there because she was pegged as a “great writer.”