In Defense of the Liberal Arts Education | Mumbi Ngugi | TEDxFAUJupiter

24/04/2015 14:21:52

In this talk, Ngugi wishes to defend the ideal of a liberal arts college, setting as an example the liberal arts education of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She believes that an interdisciplinary approach to higher education is important so that the sciences and the humanities can collaborate with each other.

Mumbi Ngugi is a graduating senior at the Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She is also the 2014-2015 Student Governor for the MacArthur Campus based in Jupiter, Fl.

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carecanada

Nine members of my family have degrees in English.. They are all satisfactorily employed not at McDonalds. A liberal arts degree is excellent for further study in law, education, the written word. One can learn ethics, aesthetics, logic.. Liberal Arts provides marvellous training in learning how to think critically and systematically... and put things together. When I hear that the Internet can tell us facts, so we do not need an education, I have to laugh. To me, that is like saying I have a very advanced calculator so I do not need to study mathematics. By the way, philosophers actually do make more money that welders over a lifetime. Nothing wrong with welders. We need welders. 

19/05/2016
Elina T

It's all about how you see your education and what you want to get out of it. Liberal Arts is certainly not for anyone but that doesn't mean that it is completely worthless. Things are worthwhile when you believe that they are.

26/04/2015
84JLane

Hands out resumes after...lol

25/04/2015
Renegade Zonkey

You won't get a job with a liberal art degree. This degree had worth years ago but now, in an era where we have all the information the world has ever produced in our pockets, the degree is worthless. No business needs someone who has a general understanding of many different, unassociated, fields. It has little to no worth in today's society. If someone needed basic information about a subject they could go on the internet and find it.
Its a nice degree for a broad education but you will basically have the same job prospects as you would without a degree. Choose wisely.

24/04/2015
chicchick13

This is a fantastic talk! 

24/04/2015
Irving Ceron

Stem trolls unite!

24/04/2015
Joey Marlin IV

Liberal Arts is for morons.

24/04/2015
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