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What was Charles Barkley's major in college after 'music appreciation' joke?

Joshua Rogers May 10, 2022
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After he made a joke on Inside the NBA last night (9 May), fans wanted to know what Charles Barkley’s college major was and if he ever graduated from college.

Charles Barkley is a national treasure and one of the most entertaining personalities on TV. Throughout the NBA playoffs, Chuck is appearing on Inside the NBA alongside Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

During a segment on last night’s show, Chuck joked he studied ‘music appreciation’ in college. But what was Charles Barkley’s major in college – did he even graduate?

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Charles Barkley claimed he studied ‘music appreciation’ on Inside the NBA last night

After Game 4 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, Ernie presented a segment sponsored by Taco Bell entitled Hungry For More.

During the segment, Ernie said the Celtics shot 16/19 in the fourth quarter, which is 84 per cent. Chuck sounded surprised, at which point Ernie told him to “do the math”. Barkley replied math wasn’t his strong point and he was more of a science guy.

The crew then asked Charles what his actual major in college was, to which he replied: “Music appreciation.” The crew then followed up and he added: “They played music, and I appreciated it.”

You can listen to the segment from 5:10 on the video below:

What was Charles Barkley’s actual major in college?

Fans were understandably curious whether he actually studied music and asked what Charles Barkley’s major was in college.

Chuck is a native of Leeds, Alabama, and attended Leeds High School before committing to Auburn University as a freshman in 1981.

Barkley’s actual major at Auburn was business management, sadly not ‘music appreciation’ as he joked.

Photo credit should read LISA O’CONNOR/AFP via Getty Images

Did Charles Barkley graduate from college?

While the former MVP majored in business management, Charles Barkley did not actually graduate from college. Barkley left before his final year at Auburn and made himself eligible for the 1984 NBA draft, where he was selected No.5 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

He reportedly said on David Letterman years later: “I’ve been thinking about going back and getting my degree, but the truth of the matter is, I’m just loaded.”

It isn’t as though not graduating has made that much difference to his life. Barkley went on to have a storied NBA career and was voted one of the NBA’s 75 greatest ever players.

Is Charles the best sports personality on TV? Who else is up there with him? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.