Eastern European Academics Make the Case for the Liberal Arts

Intent on finding jobs after graduation, students remain more interested in law and economics

Budapest -- Proponents of liberal-arts education see it as an important tool for strengthening Eastern Europe's fledgling democracies, in part instilling civic values in young people.

But what skeptical students want to know is, What kind of career will a well-rounded, general education lead to?

"The students think about only one thing -- how to find a better job after graduating," said Peter Lakis, rector of the Latvian Academy of Culture, in an interview. The academy offers