While celebrities are generally known for their looks and acting prowess, you may be surprised to learn that a good number of them are smarter than you think. Read on and find out which famous star happens to share the same bachelor’s degree you may be interested in.
1. Mayim Bialik. Known for her five-year stint as a lead character in the 90s sitcom Blossom, as well as her recurring Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler role in the Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik impressively holds a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in the year 2000. Fast-forward to eight years later and she earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience also from UCLA. Her specialization: hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome.
2. Gerard Butler. This 45-year-old Scottish actor earned a law degree from Glasgow University, something he was able to put to good use to get himself out of a criminal battery misdemeanor charge from a paparazzi he had a dust-up with back in 2009.
3. James Franco. This controversial actor-writer-director-painter-professor has earned multiple degrees from more than one school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA back in 2008, plus a graduate degree in writing from Columbia University on 2010, a degree in filmmaking from the New York University, as well as a degree in fiction writing from the Brooklyn College while simultaneously going to Warren Wilson College to participate in a low-residency MFA poetry program. Currently, the 39-year-old achiever is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Yale University.
4. John Legend. This musician, singer, songwriter, and actor earned an English degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.
5. Natalie Portman. Being a child actress didn’t stop this Academy Award best actress from earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from the prestigious Harvard University in 2003.
6. Arnold Schwarzenegger. An Austrian-born model and bodybuilder in his youth, this action hero is a jack-of-all-trades, being an actor, writer, director, producer, businessman, investor, politician, and philanthropist. Impressively, he served as the 38th Governor of California for two consecutive terms, from years 2003 to 2011. But amid all these, he earned a degree in Business and International Economics via correspondence from the University of Wisconsin.
The modern equivalent of a correspondence system of education is online schooling. Today, thanks to the internet, you can enjoy the flexibility and convenience of earning a bachelor of business administration (BBA) online.
7. Mark Zuckerberg. When he was 23 years old, he was named by Forbes magazine as “the youngest ever self-made millionaire.” This 33-year-old billionaire dropped out of Harvard to make his Facebook start-up full-time. Only recently, Harvard has granted him an honorary degree in computer science and psychology, 12 years after he dropped out. This proves that you’re never too old to graduate. And thanks to modern digital conveniences, you can even opt for an online computer science degree, so there’s no excuse or alibi for not being able to graduate.
Through the internet, you can choose from various online bachelor’s degrees to suit your interest and career plan. However, do be extra vigilant in picking an online school. Avoid online diploma mills by selecting a school that has been duly accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission or WSCUC.