While arguing that more college students should consider majors with better job prospects, Jeb Bush took a stab at psychology majors on Saturday at a town hall in South Carolina.
“Universities ought to have skin in the game,” the Republican presidential candidate said, according to the Washington Examiner. “When a student shows up, they ought to say ‘Hey, that psych major deal, that philosophy major thing, that’s great, it’s important to have liberal arts … but realize, you’re going to be working a Chick-fil-A.'”
This comment didn’t sit well with, well, psych majors, who took to Twitter to defend their degrees with the hashtag #ThisPsychMajor. People used the hashtag to discuss the accomplishments they’ve achieved with their education.
Dr. Ali Mattu, cognitive behavioral therapist at Columbia University Medical Center and host of “The Psych Show,” originally launched the hashtag in a video response to Bush’s comments.
“This pisses me off,” he says in the video (below). “Psychology isn’t liberal arts. It’s a science, dedicated to understanding human thought and behavior. You know where I worked when I was an undergrad psychology major? NASA.”
He also name-dropped some famous psychology majors (like Jon Stewart and Natalie Portman) and noted that The Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospitals are actually one of the biggest employers of psychologists.
“So many psychology majors are there doing awesome things,” Mattu said. “Let’s show Jeb Bush how important psychology is.”
Check out what these psych majors are doing with their degrees below:
— Dr. Marla Deibler (@DoctorDeibler) October 25, 2015
#ThisPsychMajor promotes mental health wellness and conducts research on health disparities.
— Mental Health Lab (@RCMH_UHDowntown) October 26, 2015
— Dr. Erlanger Turner (@DrEarlTurner) October 26, 2015
My brother is an addiction psychologist, helping to support veterans recovering from substance abuse , what a waste huh?! #ThisPsychMajor
— Josephine Appleby (@posydozy) October 26, 2015
— Jennifer K. (@jenlvsbooks) October 25, 2015
— Lindsay Malloy (@LMalloy) October 26, 2015
— Jill Mestel Squyres (@drjsquyres) October 26, 2015
— Eric Dahlen (@edahlen) October 26, 2015
— Ali Mattu, Ph.D. (@AliMattu) October 24, 2015
#ThisPsychMajor is discovering new treatments for pediatric neurodegenerative diseases.
— Joshua Dearborn (@jibjosh) October 26, 2015
— Lauren J (@Dr_Mouth) October 26, 2015
— Ian Gutierrez (@IanAGutierrez) October 25, 2015