Is a degree in humanities or social sciences worth the time and investment?

Is a degree in humanities or social sciences worth the time and investment?

A degree in  the liberal arts prepares students not only to make a living, but also to make a life. It can, for example, prepare students to reckon with a broad variety of lived experiences-work, live, death, joy, creativity, sorrow, faith, passion, pain, injustice, disagreement, conflict, intolerance, pleasure, forgiveness, ethics, values, and all of the myriad choices that make up the human experience. Critical thinking, communication, creative problem solving, self-expression, innovative research, and lifelong learning-all skills a liberal arts degree emphasizes-are central to a great career and a well-lived life.

Make a life, not just a living

A liberal arts degree prepares students for a life of learning. It is a resource students can draw upon across a lifespan to address human problems and enhance human potential. So, it is never obsolete. It creates habits of mind that facilitate a life of learning and growth, professional and personal. It exercises the muscle of the mind, preparing it not just for specialized tasks and abilities, but also for learning itself, making learning faster, more thorough, and more permanent. And it facilitates thinking for oneself, evaluating argument and evidence based  not on the external authority of peers, parents, professors, or professionals, but on one’s own apprehension and creative use of information and ideas. It is n education that builds on itself throughout a life, not just the four years students spend in college. Indeed, the skills a liberal arts degree develops help students confront their own and others’ humanity, not just earn a paycheck.

More broadly, a liberal arts education is that it makes people happier and life more enjoyable. It helps students become well-rounded, interesting people who are more capable of enjoying their relationships with others and with the world around them. Educational breadth frees the mind to consider and engage a broad variety of things, cultivating intellectual and conceptual openness. It increases students’ ability to situate people, thing, and events in a broader context, enabling students to map relationships between fields of study, things, and ideas. The liberal arts prepare students to understand and appreciate human ingenuity, imagination, and achievement; it cultivates a mind that enjoys itself.

Life is interdisciplinary

The skills students need to balance their checkbooks are not the same as the skills needed to decide how, when, on what, and with whom they spend their money. Broadly, education in the liberal arts prepares students to think critically and actively about the sorts of problems and possibilities. They will encounter in their lives as employees and employers, as participants in friendships, partnerships, families, and communities, and as citizens of a nation and the world. The broader knowledge and understanding of the world a liberal arts degree cultivates helps students engage in some of the mot important issues of today: the environment, foreign policy, social justice, national and international security, ethics, indeed, all of the issues we face as humans in relationship  to others. The best education asks students to reach beyond their own experiences to see and imagine worlds different from them in time, space, and thought. Education and experience in multiple disciplines creates depth and versatility for success in a highly competitive and changing job market as well as in the essence of the human experience-relationships.

Through a liberal arts education, students develop multiple lenses for looking at the human experience. The kind of interdisciplinary thinking a liberal arts education provides makes students better observers of phenomena and the very lens through which they observe. All knowledge and the way we know it becomes subject to analysis, criticism, and evaluation. Students become critical readers not only of human experience but also of the lenses through which they themselves interpret or ‘read’ the world. Isn’t that what education, as its best, is for?

What is scientific about social science?

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