Rising university fees and limited employment prospects for graduates have led some people to say that universities should not teach arts subjects, like philosophy and history, and should only offer practical degree courses that maximise chances of employment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Students spend a great deal of time and money on tertiary study;
therefore
, vocational
subjects
would be a better investment in terms of immediate job opportunities.
However
, not everyone has an aptitude for science, engineering or medicine, and there is a need for graduates with expertise gained from
arts
courses. In
subjects
such
as philosophy, students learn a valuable set of skills. They become active thinkers who learn how to solve problems, rather than passive learners who memorise facts and other people’s ideas. Philosophy students become proficient at critical and moral thinking, argumentation and debate. The ability to examine and analyse topical issues or challenge the status quo is very important. After all, someone needs to question the results or indeed the usefulness of scientific research, the politician’s assertions, and historical events and assumptions in general. What is more, scandals in business and government emphasise the need for ethics in the corporate and public domain. The sciences and business are clearly very important for our community, and those who have talent should, of course, pursue a university degree and a career in those fields. If,
however
, they
also
have training in logic and analytical thinking or a broad general knowledge from studying
arts
subjects
, they are more likely to be able to solve problems, create initiatives, identify bias and avoid major pitfalls as they progress through their careers. In short, I wholeheartedly disagree with the statement that
arts
subjects
should not be taught. I suggest that every student should have instruction in philosophy, history or other
arts
subjects
, even if they elect to major in the sciences, because
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critical thinking skills, and developing
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, will benefit them enormously in later life.
In addition
to
this
general training, we need specialist graduates in
arts
subjects
to make their contribution to a well-rounded society.
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