Enrolling in the liberal arts a smart long-term decision

July 13, 2015

Adam Chapnick, Deputy Director at the Canadian Forces College, writes that a liberal arts education remains an excellent investment for young Canadians, even in strictly financial terms. This past September, the number of 18-year-olds in Ontario applying to the humanities and social sciences declined by 2,600, a trend that seems consistent with the common argument that liberal arts programs “appear to be poorly designed to meet the labour market needs of the 21st century.” However, Chapnick points to other evidence to show that while a liberal arts degree might not help a student get their first job, it continues to have a significant positive impact on a person’s long-term career advancement. Literary Review of Canada | Trent