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Question: do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Answer:

The question what should student learn is of vital importance. People think that it is more important to learn literature and art subjects; others deem that for students it is essential to study science and mathematics. Generally, I think that both studying literature and art, or science and mathematics are important for students. But, in real life student usually choose to concentrates on one or two group of subjects depending on his major or specialization. As for me, it is more important to study science and mathematics as I am majoring in economics.

For those students who study economics as a major subject should conentrate their attention on science and mathematics. Mathematics gives an economist tools to predict how the economy will develop. For example, there is a statistic method called regression analysis which gives a reseacher an opportunities to build prognoses of main economic indicators. Second, economics is very strict and precise science which is similar to mathematics. A lot of principles of mathematics can be adjusted to develop new economic theories. Thus, it is quite important for students with economic major to study mathematics.

Another point why all students should concentrate on science and mathematics is the chance to broaden their viewpoint. It is generally known that fundamental sciences, especially, mathematics are everywhere even in art and music. For example, one of the most famous painting of the Reneisance period was L. Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man. But not every people know that this perfect man has precise mathematic proportion of length of arms, legs etc. Therefore, studying science and mathematics can be benificial for all students.

Admittedly, what subject is more important for students to study is their own decision and this decision mainly depends on their major. We cannot say that one subject is more important than another. Every subject in university curriculum is of equal importance.

In conclusion, the answer to the question what is more important for students literature and art or science and mathematics depends on their majors. For instance, students majoring in economics would probably argue that science and mathematics are more important for them. In the other hand, art students would argue that literature and art are more essential. As an economist with any doubt I would say that science and mathematics is more important.

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