Liberal Arts

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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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A future in Liberal Arts

By Amber Bailey

Liberal arts and science is a balance of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities -- rather than a single subject, the emphasis is the broad spectrum of study. Students get an overview, or you could even say aerial view, of those five areas to give students the most well rounded education possible. If you have many interests and enjoy learning a wide range of subjects, then liberal arts may be exactly the degree program for you.

The majority of the time students are able to design a unique-to-them program of study to suit their needs and somewhat cater to their interests within the context of the degree. This gives students a balance in their studies while also piquing their interests. While doing so, you gain ample analytical skills, an appreciation for different points of view, the practice required to become a concise and effective speaker and writer, the experience necessary to interact with peers and people of all different levels and a firm grip on the adaptability and flexibility needed to face any job opportunity head on and with grace.

Liberal arts students often find it useful to make a bit more effort toward learning some key skills that professional and technical students, in particular, often have in order to compete better in the job market. If you are interested in a field like engineering or business, then you should strongly consider taking additional classes as well as get work experience through an internship, a part-time or summer job or even volunteer work. Through these experiences, you will gain invaluable knowledge and skills in leadership, business administration and marketing. These are qualities employers like, look fantastic on your resume and do wonders for your future employability - giving you an edge in the job market.

Through your studies as a liberal arts major, you will become a very versatile candidate to continue your education in a more specific degree program or you will have also become For example, if you want to go into publishing, you will likely need experience in a similar environment, either from an internship or even involvement with a student publication, such as your university newsletter, magazine or website. Also consider a media blog and an active social media platform.

an easy hire with the skills you have acquired. Your well-practiced communication skills, along with your refined critical thinking and reasoning abilities, will open an ocean of career opportunities. Employers often desire prospective employees with a degree in liberal arts due to the "generalist" mentality their studies emphasize. They want someone who has proven their ability to analyze an array of topics, rather than someone who was educated to maintain only one specific mind-set.

Customer service is valuable in almost every job scenario and hiring a liberal arts major means hiring a social alchemist - a person who can relate and connect with all sorts of customers. It is often easier to hire a person with stellar communication and writing skills than teach them how to communicate and write effectively.

As far as jobs go, you can basically take your pick and use your experience to fit it in any number of fields and industries. Liberal arts majors can be found in advertising, communications, education, marketing, and even law or public service. You could easily work in business, government, a nonprofit sector, any science or social science, or even music. Job opportunities are as diverse as the graduates that seek them. With a degree in liberal arts, you will hold a master key to the door of your future career.