Liberal Arts at the Brink?
Students dissect their own educational path
The liberal arts is under fire. In fact, higher education as a whole is under fire. With high unemployment rates, increasing student loan debt and the rising cost of college, many people are asking if a college degree is worth it? Carey Sargent, a sociologist and head of instruction and research, thought who better to pose the question to than students who chose a liberal arts education. Her spring semester course, CSP 61: Liberal Arts at the Brink? Navigating the Crisis in Higher Education, asks students "to reflect on the fate of liberal arts education through a focused analysis of its past and present. Specifically, how do economic pressures and technological innovations impact the sustainability of liberal arts values such as social justice, serving the public good, and cultivating a 'life of the mind'?"
Her students' responses are candid and complex - and documented publicly through the course blog, which you can follow here. USA Today also talked to Carey and some of her students about how they view the value of a liberal arts education and why it's right for them - and their careers. Read the article and watch a video shot here at Oxy on USA Today.