The increasing cost of university, along with the growing demand for students to choose a major in STEM leaves many people questioning whether a degree in any other field is a waste of time. In the 21st Century, when people are discussing the value of a university degree, they tend to focus on return on investment, which degrees in STEM will yield. However, a liberal arts degree is not regarded as a smart investment. This is a misconception as degrees in liberal arts offer a well-rounded education, which is not offered in any other field. Liberal arts degrees focus on inculcating students with tangible skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and public speaking, tools that are indispensable in the real world. While other fields of study focus on teaching students one specific skill, a liberal arts degree ensures that students become educated in a wide range of disciplines. As a result, the value of a liberal arts degree should not be considered useless as it offers students essential skills that extend far beyond the classroom and shapes them into productive members of society.
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