Which subjects should be included in the curriculum at tertiary education seems to be a topic of controversy. While some argue that it would be better for students to be forced into certain key subject areas related to their future career, I believe that they should be at liberty to study whatever they like.
Some arguments can explain the view of studying subjects such as science and technology, which will be useful in the future. Firstly, these courses will provide more employment opportunities for graduates with better salaries, and therefore, students after graduation can have a higher quality of life. Secondly, society can benefit from a youthful labor source in key subject areas. They are well-educated, creative, and physically strong, which fuels new inventions, economic growth, and greater future prosperity.
However, I believe that choosing which subjects to learn at university should be the freedom of students. If students are passionate about what they are learning, they will pay more attention to lessons and grasp more knowledge and skills. Besides, the freedom to pursue the subjects we like creates a diversity of employees, not only in science and technology but also in art, business, tourism, and other sectors. A healthy economy needs such variety. Finally, nobody can predict which areas of knowledge will be most useful to society in the future, and it may be that employers begin to value creative thinking skills above practical or technical skills. If this were the case, perhaps we would need more students of art, history, and philosophy than of science or technology.
In conclusion, despite some arguments for the university to force students to study some particular subjects they think useful in years ahead, I advocate the autonomy to choose whichever we like to learn.