Volume 94, Issue 58

Friday, January 5, 2001


OPINIONS

A late, but certainly credible response

I resolve to do better...maybe you should, too

A late, but certainly credible response



Re: Is a liberal Arts degree worth the cost? Nov. 10.



To the Editor:

Although it is true that the job prospects for a liberal arts student are somewhat lower than a student of technology or science, I feel that there should not be a distinction made between the different programs at Western based on their job opportunities.

The fact of the matter is, the world will always need both.

Technology and programs like engineering may be in high demand, but if everyone only puts emphasis on these programs and downplay others, there will be nothing to read or write about. Nor will there be anyone to read or write.

The reason I came to university was to learn and only to learn. I feel that attaining a degree in history will allow me to understand much more about the human race and civilization, than any other program can. If a student wants a job, they could easily go to college or some technical school and make a living. But once someone sees university as a means of employment only, they begin to miss the point.

Jobs don't come out of universities, great minds do and this fact is independent of the program or faculty one in which is enrolled. Spending $4,000 dollars a year is a lot of money, but once someone realizes, like I did, that attending an institution for the purpose of knowledge is reason enough, the issue of money becomes an issue of investment, not cost.

In my opinion, I am investing a large amount of money in order to be guaranteed that I can live and love what I have learned. Besides, a university is one of the few places where an admirable liberal arts degree can be obtained. So for those of you who feel that certain degree programs are a waste of time when compared to others, I suggest you look for a job somewhere else.

Hema Kaura
History II



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