College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduates Are In Demand

Among other things, an interdisciplinary arts and sciences degree prepares graduates to be creative problem solvers. Successful graduates make exceptional employees who are able to draw on historical & scientific knowledge to seek effective, efficient, and ethical solutions to future challenges. Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates are known for being:

  • Adaptable
  • Innovative
  • Flexible
  • Forward-thinking
  • Able to see things from multiple perspectives
  • Able to imagine alternative options and solutions

In our knowledge based economy, the basic skill for everyone to learn is how to keep learning. Many of the good jobs of the future don’t even exist yet. In this ever-changing, global economy, a liberal arts degree prepares students for the creative thinking that leads to innovation and problem solving.” - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-mcculloch-lovell/liberal-arts-degree_b_3053321.html

“In a period of rapid, unpredictable change, a combination of traditional liberal-arts education, collaborative research, workplace experiences, and a “can-do” attitude is the safest bet for future employment, as well as the foundation for good citizenship and a life that’s engaged with culture and thought.” - 

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/03/24/for-the-college-bound-are-there-any-safe-bets/a-liberal-arts-foundation-for-any-career

“When asked about candidates in the job market today, an overwhelming 73 percent said that being well-rounded with a range of abilities is more important than having industry expertise.” - 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-john-ebersole/is-an-education-in-the-li_b_3949704.html

“No one knows what the jobs of the future will be, but a liberal arts degree provides a great foundation for adjusting to new careers and further education. We do know that a third of all Fortune 500 CEOs have liberal arts degrees.” - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-j-ray/the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-education_b_3647765.html

"If someone's studied literature, they know people and have insight into themselves and customers," said Fromm, who majored in journalism. "I find people that have a liberal arts background have a broader view of the world and will go farther in business." - http://www.cnbc.com/id/100642178

“A liberal arts education will become more important as the global economy increasingly depends on workers who have the following attributes: problem-solving skills; creativity; competence in mathematics, speaking, writing, and listening; intercultural competency; technology skills; and collaboration skills.” - http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/5192NEW.pdf

“Given the pace of technological and social change, it no longer makes sense to devote four years of higher education entirely to specific skills.” - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/whats-a-liberal-arts-educ_b_147584.html

“A degree in liberal arts rarely restricts a student to just one career path. Whereas some majors -- engineering or computer science, for example -- provide specialized training in a specific field, liberal arts degrees tend to provide a much broader educational background and skills applicable to almost any job.” - http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-415-Getting-Hired-Why-Employers-Like-Liberal-Arts-Grads/