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  •  A Liberal Arts degree doesn't have to be expensive (1+ / 0-)
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    The University of Minnesota - Morris, for example, is a liberal arts school that ranks pretty well, yet only costs what a public university costs. A more technical degree does lead more directly to a job, with a liberal arts degree, jobs may be out there, but it can be less obvious where to find them. A liberal arts degree can be a great choice is someone is planning on going to graduate school.

    There are those who have technical degrees who grumble about needing to take liberal arts courses. They would prefer to only take technical courses. But the liberal arts courses are the core of a college degree. If all you want is technical courses, that can be had, but there's a reason employers prefer people with a college degree over pure technical training. I have a degree in computer science and math, but I also picked up a minor in philosophy, because I got hooked by Philosophy 101.

    And then there are those who get degrees in the humanities, and complain about having to take math and science. Math and science, these also are part of the liberal arts. It's hard to be well rounded without them.

    I also think some people look down on Liberal Arts degrees because of the word "liberal".

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:16:45 PM PDT

    •  Not in my experience (3+ / 0-)

      There are those who have technical degrees who grumble about needing to take liberal arts courses.

      I know far more people with a scientific and technical background who have done extensive study in the humanities than the other way around.

      That said, I'd like to hear the president make it a national priority to improve the nation's writing skills, as well as their STEM education.

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