Liberal Arts and Humanities Majors and Degree Programs

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“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.