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.


Dr. Erica Stonestreet, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, gave this main address during the Phi Beta Kappa - Theta of Minnesota chapter's annual induction ceremony, which was held in the Pellegrine Auditorium at Saint John's University.