We’ve all heard it.
"So what are you going to do with an English degree (or Philosophy, or History, or Archaeology – fill in the blank!)"?
The answer is anything you want!
There is a growing body of commentary that suggests studying humanities and social science might very well be vital to society. Critical thinking, one of the essential skills that arts graduates receive is essential for many things, including a healthy democracy. And broad and imaginative questioning of the status quo has always been a way of moving forward and making the world a better place.
Then of course there’s the value arts (humanities and social science) have in illuminating the world to us.
Need more convincing? Take a look at the following links – and we’ll continue to keep this page updated with further evidence of the value of an arts education.
- Geography students hold answers to world’s problems
- Don't turn universities into job training
- Study in humanities crucial in digital age
- In the digital age, the much-maligned, liberal-arts degree still has deep value
- How employers view the importance of liberal education (PDF)
- Engineering vs. Liberal Arts: Who’s Right—Bill or Steve?
- What's the worth of a bachelor of arts degree?
- Why an arts degree is the most practical education you can get
- Can the Liberal Arts cure Jihadists
- Teaching the Humanities Vital to Society
- Would You Hire your own Kids ?
- Go To University, Not For CS
- A Faustian bargain
If you’re a parent concerned about future opportunities for your arts graduate, read Dr. Peter Pope’s response to a mother wondering the same thing. We guarantee you’ll see the issue in a whole new light!
Chris Hedges is an American journalist, author and war correspondent. His most recent book is Death of the Liberal Class. He addresses the role of the humanities in this section of a speech videotaped at the Sanctuary for Independent Media on October 15, 2010.