Recent discussion about liberal arts majors has focused mostly on whether they are “useless” or if there is anything valuable you can learn by studying them. This conversation seems to come largely from conservative sources that feel threatened by the value of education in general and degrees in specific.
Many people who identify as conservatives have never had an interest in learning, so it makes sense that they would try to discourage others with similar interests from attending college. On the other hand, many liberals have only received positive reinforcement for their educational pursuits, so they may be motivated to defend the importance of higher education.
Fortunately, we can all agree that educating yourself is always worth it. You will get benefits beyond just personal growth though; academic knowledge directly correlates with job opportunities. Therefore, studying hard and getting a degree can help you earn more money!
However, this debate ignores one major factor: what kind of education you study. In our increasingly technology-focused society, some students benefit greatly from learning how to use computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Others gain significant insight into various fields like art, literature, and philosophy. Some even find practical applications for lessons learned in business classes.
In fact, several studies show that nontechnical skills such as time management, organizational talent, leadership ability, and communication skill improvement can be just as important as technical ones. These are things that everyone should know, no matter your career choice.
The most popular classical studies degree program is called Ancient Languages, which typically takes four years to complete. Programs vary in what languages they include, but almost every school requires you to speak Greek or Latin.
Many students choose ancient language classes because they are fascinated by the stories their words tell of past cultures. Learning a new word can help you understand how that culture functioned and why things were done a certain way.
By learning about other countries’ histories, we get insight into our own cultural origins. We find out where those roots come from!
Another reason many people choose this major is because it teaches them something important about grammar and vocabulary that they can apply to other languages. This helps make them more attractive candidates when employers ask if they can write well.
Something else some people learn while studying ancient languages is how to use the material in a meaningful way. If someone asked you what an adjective meant, you would know! But if you never learned modern languages, you might not be so confident using one unless you practiced using them frequently.