Misconceptions In Ungar's The New Liberal Arts

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Ungar in his work The New Liberal Arts highlights seven misconceptions of Liberal Arts degrees from the point of view as a Liberal Arts College President. The misconceptions he discusses range from an economic, social and political standpoint. Misconception number one states the argument that Liberal Arts degrees have become too expensive for most working class families, however Ungar argues these degrees make for a well-rounded individual, thus creating a long term investment in oneself that focuses on collaboration and oral and written communication. Next, Misconception two states fresh graduates sport a difficulty finding jobs, but this is not due specifically to their field of study. In fact, Ungar states that most employers look for a Liberal Arts degree in recent graduates for critical thinking and problem solving skills to be used in the workforce.…show more content…
He further vocalizes that economic status does not imply knowledge or level of “smartness” on holds; in fact, he says students with fresh eyes and less experience are quick learners and are often more original and creative in their thinking skills. Misconception four argues that trashing Liberal Arts education shows no proof of increasing student’s success in STEM fields. Furthermore, misconception five highlights simply because the word “liberal” is in the name of the degree, does not mean it has any political affiliation or party identification. Liberal Arts education focuses on all approaches to argumentation and creates an environment to intellectually integrate them together (which is what America should

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