October 05, 2015

Sometime around 380 B.C., Plato wrote about a conversation in which Callicles said to Socrates -, “It’s not shameful to practice philosophy while you’re a boy, but when you still do it after you’ve grown older and become a man, the thing gets to be ridiculous, Socrates!”

You see, attacking the liberal arts is not a new trend. But today, more than ever, students are measuring the value of their degree on how much it will help them get their first job—not how much they learn and grow along the way.

That’s no different than hastily gnawing your way through a beautifully prepared steak simply to fill up your tummy. If that’s your approach to education, you’re missing out on its true beauty, its higher purpose—and its yumminess.

What Socrates knew—and Callicles apparently didn’t—is that education isn’t meant to be a prerequisite for employment. It’s preparation for living.

The skills you learn by studying the liberal arts—reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking—along with the opportunity it gives you to explore your interests and passions, are the ones that will carry you far beyond your first job.

Thankfully, employers are also recognizing the importance of these skills. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, four out of five employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences—and 93 percent agree that candidates’ capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.

So, let us take a lesson from Socrates. Slow down. Sip the wine. Savor that steak. And, above all, study the arts. You’ll be a better student of life because of it.

Lastly, an additional degree can be the fastest way to rise through many occupations. Though the commitment is large, the rewards are as well. If you’re curious about how a degree can help, you’ve come to the right place – call us at 800.944.7667 or contact one of our friendly Admissions Counselors.