No, YOU Do the Math….Loving the Liberal Arts

Recently I heard a news story that reminded me of something I have always suspected and preached as a little-known truth; liberal arts/humanities majors are as good as anyone else.

Liberal arts majors, by any measure, score highly in reading, writing, verbal skills, and reasoning skills, higher than most so called ‘hard science majors’. Evidently there is still a demand for people who can think and communicate; who would have guessed?

It might be somewhat surprising but liberal arts majors score as high as any other groups on any professional entry test you might want to name including tests for law school AND medical school.

I have degrees in history and English. My wife has a degree in English (following one in physical education in which she took the same science courses as pre-med majors). My oldest daughter has two degrees (with honors) in English and Journalism. My son went to a somewhat well-known engineering school known as the Air Force Academy and graduated with one of the few English degrees in his class; he spent 4 years helping the ‘rocket scientists’ with their writing. My youngest is the only one in the family without an English degree but she is going through college on the proverbial ‘free ride’ majoring in social work and she will complete her degree in 3, not 4, years. Not a ‘hard science’ or ‘making a big salary’ degree in the bunch! We all have, or will have “what are you going to do with THAT?” degrees.

And yet….

We are gainfully employed. We are concerned citizens who care at least as much about others as we do for ourselves. We seem to be contributors to society in time, money, and expertise. We enjoy our lives and feel that they are worth the living even if we might not live ‘on the hill’. Maybe we found out that liberal arts degrees positioned us to live good lives?

I know my background in the liberal arts has positioned me well in my pursuit of an advance degree in ministry: now, that’s where the money is!

For proof (if you need more) of the value of liberal arts:


About Edward

Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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