“Why learn about the glass ceiling in a sociology class if you are going to hit it anyway a decade after graduation?” A liberal arts professor meditates on the the liberal arts conundrum. “Students majoring in the liberal arts are increasingly seen as individuals acting against their own financial self-interest. From a consumer standpoint and for the economic health of a university, the liberal arts seem less and less important. And they do lack importance if we think of the university as solely a place that trains its students for vocations.” But perhaps economic justifications are not the strongest when choosing what is important in life.
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