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   Liberal Arts Major...A Closer Look
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Liberal Arts Major...A Closer Look

By Misty Sneddon

Liberal Arts majors are the chameleons of today’s work force. This degree is very broad ranged and can encompass a huge variety of college courses. Essentially, a Liberal Arts major studies the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics and humanities. With this in mind, a newly graduated Liberal Arts major has a broad doorway to multiple career options. Why is this? Because of the diversified educational background, hiring companies will appreciate the graduate’s wealth of knowledge and more importantly, the analytical skills these graduates have acquired. They tend to be creative, and thus they devise unconventional solutions to problems. While the job market has recently been improving, a few years ago, there were many large companies closing their doors and leaving highly skilled and specifically trained professionals without jobs. Let us consider the Liberal Arts graduate. Well rounded? Check. Diversified knowledge? Check. Excellent researching, writing, analytical and communication skills? Check. Would the highly skilled, particular, and specific knowledge of the recently laid-off worker have a chance of competing with a Liberal Arts major for a career in another work field? It doesn’t seem likely.

So how does one know if a Liberal Arts degree is right for them? It’s a safe and effective degree to pursue if one doesn’t wish to narrow learning within rigid limits such as engineering, psychology, computer science, architecture, chemistry, music, or nursing. They also tend to join college student exchange and study abroad programs, which further diversifies their knowledge and real world experience. These students are ardent learners and enjoy researching new concepts. They have a constant thirst for knowledge, knowledge particularly obtained through reading and writing.

As with all four-year degrees, colleges require students to take general education classes and then move onto core courses. Depending upon what the student wants to focus on with a Liberal Arts degree, classes could be probability and statistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, performing arts, English literature, environmental science, biology, and world religions. Once those are completed, Liberal Arts majors work with professors to develop a specialized independent study program. During that final semester, the student will independently research and then report, via a term paper, all of the student’s findings and work during that last semester before graduation.

Common careers for Liberal Arts majors:

• Human Resource Manager
• Real Estate Agent
• Corporate Sales Agent
• Marketing Director
• Archivist
• Financial Advisor
• Restaurant Manager
• Museum Manager
• Executive Assistant
• Personal Secretary
• Social Worker
• Lobbyist
• Fundraiser
• Insurance Agent
• Volunteer Coordinator
• Researcher
• Metadata Specialist
• Project Coordinator
• Juvenile Probation Specialist
• Public Policy Associate