Is An Arts Degree Worth It?

Anybody acquainted with graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts or humanities accept the fact that a traditional liberal arts education is a poor investment for the middle class. In the US, student debt is now at the $1 trillion mark with graduates of four-year institutions facing an average of $25,000 in debt. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that in 2012, 1.5 million recent college graduates, or 53.6 percent of those students with bachelor’s degrees are jobless or underemployed. For British students, the figure is higher with the BBC reporting student debt starting this year could be £53,000 and with 21% of graduates unemployed, compared with 26% of school-leavers, it would seem the acquisition of a degree doesn’t improve the graduate’s prospects much.

Today’s economy cannot support more art history or philosophy majors. Students and their parents must consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). That’s where the jobs are and there is an inexpensive, quick way to qualify for these jobs – by enrolling at a community college.

The developed world is in crisis. Parents and students need to realize that the jobs of the future are in healthcare, manufacturing, technology and other STEM-based careers and the place to prepare for these jobs is at a community college. An arts education is now a luxury that few can afford, a dalliance left to the independently wealthy and the trust fund kids.