Liberal Arts and Humanities Majors and Degree Programs

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Statue of Venus de Milo “Why in the world are you majoring in liberal arts? What could you possibly do with a liberal arts degree? Don’t you think a degree in a more concrete field would serve you better after you graduate? So, you want to become a teacher?” These are just a few of the questions you’re likely to get from family, friends and even other students when they find out you’re a liberal arts major or considering a degree in liberal arts. And these are fair questions-especially if don’t have any concrete plans or career aspirations for the future. However, even though the career options for a liberal arts major aren’t as apparent as they are for other majors, such as nursing, engineering or computer science, a liberal arts degree equips students with skills that employers in just about every industry are looking for.

The first thing liberal arts students should know is that employers hire people based on the skills they’ve acquired during college, not strictly based on their selected major. Relevant and applicable skill sets are the first thing hiring managers look for in job candidates-as reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). And the most important skills that universally employers are looking for are analytical ability, critical thinking, writing and interpersonal communication, all of which liberal arts students are known for.

No matter what your major, or skill set, finding a job right out of college can be a challenge for anyone, and it takes focused effort. Your job as a liberal arts major will be to effectively communicate your skill set to potential employers. Where employers assume that nursing, engineering and computer science graduates know something about being a nurse, engineer or computer scientist respectively, liberal arts graduates have to take the extra step of letting potential employers know the exact skills sets they’ve acquired throughout their college career and articulate how those skills are directly applicable to the job position they’re applying for.

Students who study liberal arts typically develop their own career path and have more job opportunities to choose from that student who choose a structured major in a specific discipline. Liberal arts curriculum provides students with general knowledge in various subjects and does not provide training in specific fields.

Even though there are nn defined career paths for liberal arts students, they still develop skills that can be applied in many careers. Liberal arts graduates typically have extensive vocabularies, possess excellent analytical and reasoning skills, and have the ability to speak and write clearly.

The humanities major, like the liberal arts major, covers various subjects. Students learn about the basic ideas, themes, and topics central to various cultures, past and present. Graduates holding humanities degrees write effectively and clearly, have critical reasoning skills, and possess knowledge in a broad range of topics.

Select a concentration below to explore various liberal arts majors and view colleges and universities offering majors and degree programs in liberal arts, humanities, and general studies.