Why Liberal Arts Is Still Important

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Going into college you rarely hear anyone say ‘I want to pursue an education in the liberal arts.’ You may hear students interest in majors such as business, or nursing, or even engineering, but never liberal arts. Why is that? An education in liberal arts is just as important, if not more, as an education in any other field. Allow me to explain why. The liberal arts teaches more than just one general skill. It of course provides a general education, however, it also provides an advantage in written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, and adaptability to change. When entering the job market employers are generally attracted to those with these attributes. The purpose of a liberal arts education is not to train you for a specific job, but to prepare you for the world of work with an invaluable set of skills. Earning a liberal education is very advantageous not only to one’s career, but one’s life as well. Leo Strauss described liberal education as ‘education in culture or toward culture.’ I could not help but agree. Since attending a liberal college and taking a course in liberal arts, I have been exposed to many new things. I got to hear classical music live from a world-renowned violinist, see a contemporary dance performance, read literature from writers such as Tolstoy and Machiavelli, and experience many other wonderful events. I am sure some may think ‘well what’s so important about culture?’ Just as cultivating the soil and products is important in agriculture, cultivating the mind is just as important. Like uncultivated soil, uncultivated minds tend to be much ‘harder’ meaning that those lacking culture may be more hardheaded or close minded. I do not think I could have learned the things I have learned this past semester in any other class. The literature I…...

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