“You need to pick your major before college.” “Liberal arts majors are unemployable.” “For big money, go STEM.” These are just some of the sayings that permeate higher education right now, and young high school students are eating them up — to the detriment of themselves and the nation at large. The New York Times has a new article dispelling these myths and others, promoting, instead, a different college education: the liberal arts degree.
The article, written by Jeffrey Selingo, runs through six common myths about choosing a college major, with rebuttals to each. Throughout the article, Selingo says that liberal arts degrees aren’t the unemployable nonsenses that many make them out to be, but are instead one of the more desirable in the job field today. Selingo points to a new book by George Anders, titled, “You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education,” for one of his rebuttals, specifically inserting a quote from it.
“Once CEOs see liberal arts graduates in action, they come aboard to the idea that they need more of them,” writes Anders.