Analysis Of ' The New Liberal Arts '

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Analysis of "The New Liberal Arts"
Living in the "Digital Age" it is not uncommon to believe the STEM fields- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics- are far more superior degree choices than its outdated counterparts, the liberal arts. However, Sanford J. Ungar attempts to shed light on the highly scrutinized and critiqued liberal arts education by clearing up seven common misperceptions. In his essay, "The New Liberal Arts," Ungar strings together counterarguments on why a liberal education still holds value in a modern society (656-662). Despite some strong rationalizations, Ungar 's argument is rendered ineffective.
To begin, Ungar 's appeal to ethos, overall, weakens his argument.Though, Ungar builds his credibility with his audience by stating his vocation as president of a private liberal arts college, Goucher College, in Baltimore, Maryland (656), he simultaneously alerts his audience to the bias his position will cause. Ungar specifically mentions at the start of the article, "Here are a few of those misperceptions, from my vantage point as a liberal-arts college president.." (656). From the beginning of this quote to the end of the article his argument simply sounds like an ad for Goucher College which is reiterated in misperception seven. " The method I happen to advocate... is the small, residential arts college... where there is close interaction between faculty members and students and... a sense of community that prepares young people to develop
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