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Major in Liberal Arts

Article by Rachelle Wiggins

“Your job is part of God’s calling for you… It is an integral piece of God’s plan for your life as He seeks to extend His kingdom and its influence throughout the world.” ~Barret Duke 

Our world is changing at a rapid pace and with it, the job market!  Technology is advancing daily and demographic shifts are occurring almost overnight. These changes bring new needs. As STEM and business fields become infiltrated with artificial intelligence, a “human touch” is often the missing element. And with international and cultural populations mingling and merging in new ways, the need for meaningful relational connection is strongly felt. Another word for liberal arts is humanities. This major uniquely equips students in communications, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration—all skills necessary in providing that much needed human connection that is becoming so important in our world today.

Formerly perceived as “too broad” this major is now growing in popularity and seen as a well-rounded degree that offers a strong background in a diverse range of classes. To major in liberal arts is to seek an overview of humanities-related classes including the social sciences: history, sociology, geography and political science. It is a balanced major that provides background in foreign language, literature, linguistics, psychology, philosophy, anthropology and the creative arts. Basic math and science classes are also required. This all-encompassing degree helps prepare students for a wide range of careers in anything from education to public service to communications to business. Once your core classes are complete, you will be able to branch out and specialize in areas of particular interest to you. Some electives you might take include:

  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Environmentalism and Society
  • Creative Writing
  • Micro or Macroeconomics
  • Personal Ethics
  • Historical Analysis in Literature

Students who major in liberal arts land in many different career settings—some serve in local, state or national government, others in the nonprofit sector or in business-related fields. Others continue with ongoing education and go on into fields like law or medicine. Some possible career outcomes range from:

  • Business-related careers: marketing, sales, customer relations, economists
  • Social services careers: social worker, non-profit or religious organization 
  • Communications careers: writer, editor, journalist, graphic designer, artist
  • Government careers: city planner, lobbyist for private group, speech writer

Obviously, the sky is the limit when it comes to your future after obtaining a liberal arts degree. Part of your success as a student and future career success depends up how well you develop certain key skills. These include excellent communication skills—verbal, written, active listening and good storytelling skills. Another important trait is adaptability and open-mindedness as your program and future plans may shift dramatically as you go, depending on your experiences or the needs of the job market. It helps to be able to embrace the unknown future as an adventure! And finally, it is helpful to be a gatherer of experiences and do whatever necessary to increase your capacity for lifelong learning. Your ability to quickly absorb and assimilate new information as the need arises will not go unnoticed.

If you have a desire to connect with others in a meaningful way and to give back to your community through a fulfilling career then a liberal arts major may provide great foundation for meeting those goals.

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