Published: Oct 11, 2011 7:12 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott says it isn't a vital interest of the state of Florida to have more anthropologists.
Economically speaking, he may be right: Job growth in the health care and sciences has been expanding, and the country hasn't produced enough graduates in these fields.
But the number of liberal arts majors has long been on the decline, and represents a small slice of the total number of undergraduate degrees in Florida.
Brent Weisman, chair of the University of South Florida anthropology department, notes that anthropologists often work side by side scientists, and says more are needed.
Scott made his comments during an interview with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He said more higher education funding should be shifted to degrees that have the best job prospects.

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