As a professor of Greek and Latin literature and languages — very much a humanities person — I have to say, such data and seeing the jobs that my students have found themselves in, leads me to think that we educators need to take a hard look at what we are teaching students; at how we advise students regarding their majors and their future career prospects. I believe the liberal arts are the foundation of a college education. But, in this day and age, is a humanities major the best choice for a student with five-digit loan payments? Is it possible to encourage students to study what they love — poetry, for instance — while still directing them to a major that might lead to a career that uses some of their skills (a love of writing, perhaps)?
The Associated Press cites David Neumark, an economist at the University of California-Irvine, who says that “employers tend to value bachelor’s degree-holders more highly than high-school graduates, paying them more for the same work and offering promotions.” Having a bachelor’s degree can give you a boost in the job market — but if this is primarily to get a job that doesn’t (on paper) require a college degree, what is a college degree really worth anymore?
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