Now, let’s discuss what are the shortcomings of a Liberal arts degree, in terms of why it is considered to be ‘useless’. It was interestingg to see that ten years after graduation, median salaries of students who attended elite liberal arts colleges are far lower than – as much as 50% lower, in some cases – those of students who graduated from equally selective research universities, according to the Wall Street Journal .and data from the U.S. Department of Education. According to a study by Forbes, it may be wiser to get no college degree at all than to spend four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars earning a humanities B.A. They found that a striking 64% of hiring managers said they would consider a candidate who hadn’t gone to a day of college. At the same time, fewer than 2% of hiring managers said they were actively recruiting liberal arts grads.Now let’s discuss, what really makes a liberal arts education useless? Well it’s all the same reasons which make it so exceptional and divergent, or at least most of them.
Liberal arts programs provide students with a broad and general education that covers different areas of thought. However, these programs often do not provide a significant depth of experience and study in any one area. There may not be the opportunity to learn and develop any particular technical skills to a proficient level. Liberal arts graduates then find themselves without the entry-level skills required for professional jobs, since they primarily divulge in the development of what may be referred to as, “soft skills”. This includes courses that discuss the great instruction in cognitive ability, critical thinking skills, writing, and analysis and is without reference to any hard skills like computer programming,, designing any kind software or typing/writing.Even subjects that are based on post-modernist kind of theories, such as Gender studies, Sociology etc, are quite useless in terms of attaining a well paid job. Another example of an incessant major is one that prepares you for further education, such as political science, acting as a stepping stone for, perhaps, law school. It’s also a matter of how much demand is actually there, in the job market, for a certain area of expertise. It is well known that there can never be enough IT people in the industry, however law students are often left in the cold, due to the great competition in the field. Thus, the disadvantages of a liberal arts education include lack of preparation for employment. There in no development of technical skills and real-world experience, which means that liberal arts students may still need to learn basic job skills outside of their courses to be marketable and employable.
It is important to understand that a liberal arts degree is likely to be quite expensive, placing one in debt upon graduation and affording one a non-existent economic advantage in the job marketplace. It is known that in the 20th century, one could easily enter a graduate program after their bachelors. However, now graduate schools require work experience, which is hard to attain when employers don’t consider a liberal arts to be as significant as one with a technical background. It is a vicious circle, since funding for liberal arts education has also reduced, claiming STEM major are much more likely to be effective employees. The entire objective of a college education is to get a job in a related field and earn a salary that justifies the cost of four years’ worth of college tuition, liberal arts degrees are subject to a significant amount of public criticism for not being a wise investment. After all, compared to STEM majors, liberal arts majors on average make less and are more likely to be underemployed (in a job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree) right out of college.Therefore, the reason why many consider a STEM degree to be more valuable could be due to the focus on developing technical and professional skills that are directly applicable to career-related positions. The skills acquired in a liberal arts degree program may be considered more abstract and less valuable in the short-term after graduation.
It is quite essential to understand that a broad knowledge may seem as an effective skill set for life but in terms of employment, one must maintain a certain specific skill set, so as to set themselves apart. Besides, it was one thing to educate people broadly in the 16th Century when the extent of knowledge was relatively small. The explosion of the information age makes the Liberal Arts seem irrelevant. There is no way to broadly educate students in a world so overrun by information, knowledge and rapid change; it merely dilutes the essence of everything they learn. Therefore, it is quite essential to understand that, despite it’s holistic nature, a liberal arts education does not offer the required skills to it’s students. Not only that, their expensive nature makes it exceedingly difficult for graduates to pay off loans, since their jobs tend to be on the lesser end of economic value. Therefore, in today’s age and time, the nature of a liberal art degree doesn’t hold much in terms of a fruitful career, regardless whatever personal skills may be developed.