Nothing aggravates me more when I hear people calling a Liberal Arts degree “useless.” Since when is educating yourself useless? And do these people really understand the wide range of subjects that are included in the field? It covers not just “The Arts,” but literature, language, linguistic, math, natural science, philosophy, psychology, religious studies and social science. With the amount of people pursuing business, IT or health care, we are bound to eventually run out of jobs in those popular fields…then what?
Though I would have preferred my degrees in Creative Writing, they were not available at the time, so I chose literature as an alternative. I don’t regret compromising, because I felt the degree had a lot to offer. Literature taught me a lot about other cultures and history. I read fiction and non-fiction from all over the world and it only encouraged me to crave more. Having to write many essays and research papers, my writing skills continued to improve with each lesson learned. The subject matters I studied came in handy when other writing opportunities came along, which I use to educate others as well.
Fine arts, music, and performing arts are a little harder to break into a career. But if you’re passionate about it, never stop creating. We wouldn’t have all the incredible artists that entertain us today if they didn’t pursue it. There would be no paintings to adorn our walls, no classical composers to soothe our souls, or no movies to enjoy with friends. If you have the skill and the incentive, then do what you love.
Academic subjects like math and science are a must today. These can contribute to careers in teaching, health, research and so much more. If you are great with numbers – jobs in banks, accounting, and economics will benefit from a mathematics degree. Science is an even wider range. You can delve into biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, sociology; the list goes on and on.
And let’s not forget about those fields that contribute to the body, mind and soul. We human beings are always seeking something more to life. We look to those with professional careers in philosophy, psychology and religious studies to give us the missing pieces we need. In the chaos of the world today, these types of professions are needed more and more; so don’t be discouraged to pursue them.
Yes we all need a job to pay the bills, and even if you never have a career in the degree you chose, so what? If it was a subject you enjoyed, then find other ways to use it in life. Tutor a student, volunteer at a theater or museum, or pick a new hobby where you can utilize those skills. Don’t let the media and society make you feel guilty or discourage you from studying what you love.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.
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