The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree



A broad-based and integrated perspective on the world and human experiences that draws upon knowledge across many disciplines.
The ability to explore controversial or competing ideas from different perspectives.

Breadth of knowledge and the ability to apply content material from different academic disciplines in different situations.

A better understanding of yourself.
The exploration of identity within your culture and broader society.

Societal, civic, and global knowledge.
The understanding of life, the human condition, and the world in which you live.

An awareness of the challenges facing society/humanity and an appreciation of the variety and complexity of circumstances and human responses in different places and times.

An understanding of the seriousness and difficulty of moral and ethical issues, and the necessity of examining them thoughtfully.  

An independent and inquiring mind.
The sharpening of your skills of inquiry, research, analysis, and communication.

The ability to be a critical and thoughtful observer.

An increased capacity for reflective judgment.

A capacity and desire for life-long learning.
The habit of questioning, rather than wanting simply answers.

Valuable transferable skills.

“Business executives appreciate long-term outcomes of a college education, the preparation not simply for a job but for a long and varied career. According to a study commissioned by Hobart & William Smith Colleges, business leaders value liberal arts grads for their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, strong writing and speaking skills, self-discipline, exposure to diverse ideas, and global perspective. And they hire them because it makes good sense in a global business environment marked by constant change. Rather than developing a trade good for one particular job, liberal arts graduates develop a broad base of knowledge and skills that prepare them for evolving challenges over the long haul.”

Studley, J. (2003, Sept/Oct). Are liberal arts dead? Careers & Colleges, 24(1), 17.

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