How refreshing to hear others champion the value of education as an end in itself. While I respect and appreciate the necessity of a business education, and believe that the business major can emerge from university as a well rounded individual, I fear that the humanities component is often perceived as useless fluff. As a double major in biology and chemistry from the University at Albany, and a graduate student insufficiently focused to earn a degree form Union, I've always been drawn in the direction of my heart. Were an opportunity for another go possible, I'd probably become even more "impractical" by pursuing studies in western civilization: philosophy, literature, art, history, etc. Without question, my studies, both formal and informal, in these subjects have had the greatest impact on my--please forgive the use of a word in a language in which I'm not fluent, but which expresses my meaning--weltanschauung. We are in desperate need of curricula that require a liberal educational base for all students, or we run the risk of our universities turning out young people with, as I believe Ben Johnson(?) said, over-developed bodies, moderately developed minds, and under-developed hearts.