In recent years, there has been a widespread perception that liberal arts education in general, and humanities education in particular, are gradually being eroded away in the face of tightening budgets and an ever-growing emphasis on the practicality of education. If you’re going to college, after all, you’re supposed to end up with a so-called "good" job. And what better guarantee of a "good" job than a major in business or science, right?
Whether or not the perception about the decline of the liberal arts actually stands up to scrutiny, I tell my prospective philosophy majors when they come to me worried about "What am I going to do with this?" that they can do anything they want.
"“Splitting Stars and Splitting Wood”: Address to New Members of Phi Beta Kappa (Theta of Minnesota), May 3, 2011,"
Vol. 28, 63-71.
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