Going into college there are endless options for majors. These majors are separated into two categories, STEM and Liberal Arts. Most parents push their children to pick a STEM major, because they think it’ll help make for the most successful future. The truth is, liberal arts education is more beneficial than STEM education. It allows one to think not only logically, but also critically, and creatively. Having the skill of critical thinking can help in most any situation, and will help you in the long run. A liberal arts education is more versatile, and beneficial in real life situations, and in the work place.
I’m in my second year in college, and I’m a proud liberal arts major. I’m studying psychology, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Choosing a liberal arts major has made me into who I am today, and I’m proud of who I am. I can contribute respectively in class discussions with my view-point, while understanding and respecting the views and opinions of my peers. I exceed at critical thinking, writing, creativity, and flexibility. My past and present employers have been more than thrilled with my work ethic. I’ve been recognized to come up with new, innovative ideas for the work place. I like to follow the rules and structure, but if something comes up, I don’t panic, I adjust to the situation. I can adapt to almost any situation, and I can thank my liberal arts education for that. Carol Christ wrote that “flexibility, creativity, critical thinking, and strong communication skills (particularly writing) are the core of liberal arts education and critical to success today and in the future.” Although a STEM education is important, a liberal arts education is more applicable to the real world.
A big section of one’s life is dedicated to working. In order to score a decent career, one must go to college to enhance their education. Most parents push their kids to pursue a STEM education. They claim that a STEM major will secure you a job after college, and will guarantee a steady income. What we need to be aware of, is the rise in liberal arts education, and the benefits. Mark Mcnutt expresses “college seniors who applied for a full-time job and
received at least one offer increased by 2 percent in 2014 to nearly 48 percent, thanks to stronger-than-expected job placement for liberal arts degree graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.” It is obvious that a successful career requires critical thinking teamwork, sensitivity to cultural demographic, economic and societal differences and political perspectives. A liberal arts education provides the foundation for all of those. In an article by Edward J. Ray, he writes:
“In addition to launching the compact, the Association of American Colleges and Universities also recently released the results of a new national survey of employers that describes what college graduates need to succeed in a global economy. The findings clearly underscore the importance of the liberal arts. Nearly all those surveyed (93 percent) say that ‘a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate’s] undergraduate major.’
- More than 9 in 10 want those they hire to demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.
- More than three-fourths of employers want more emphasis on: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
- Nearly three-fourths would recommend this kind of education to a young person
- They know as the best way to prepare for success in today’s global economy.”
This is a credible source, because it comes directly from the employers. Employers themselves are sharing how important and beneficial a liberal arts education is to the workplace, and how it can improve one’s chances of getting a callback, which leads to a job.
The benefits of a liberal arts education are outstanding. Not only will a liberal arts education help one receive a job, but it’ll help them in real life situations. Without flexibility, creativity, critical thinking, and strong communication skills you will be stuck in one frame of mind. Liberal arts education helps stir the pot of thoughts. Carol Christ wrote “a liberal arts
education often presents students with contradictory opinions from different viewpoints, forcing an in-depth examination and critical distillation of data.” Having a liberal arts education allows one to not only think things through, but allows them to think of more possibilities than just one. For example, A STEM major and a liberal arts major are both asked to pick what to eat for dinner. The choices are mac and cheese, or pizza. The STEM major would most likely pick one or the other. The liberal arts major, on the other hand, would create a mac and cheese pizza. Liberal arts allows the mind to grow and come up with new, innovating ideas. Christ wrote that in “a recent survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows that more than three-quarters of employers would recommend an education with this emphasis to a young person they know.”
I believe that both STEM and liberal arts educations are important, but a liberal arts education is more profitable than a STEM education. Being a liberal arts major does not neglect the importance of a STEM education. I’m perusing a liberal arts education and I not only focus on humanities studies, but I’m required to take math and science courses. I believe that this will lead me to being a versatile student, eventually forming me into a versatile employee. A liberal arts education is promising, because employers are looking for that employee who is versatile, and a liberal arts education is the basic foundation to success.