Studying Liberal Arts in the US

My future career

A degree in Liberal Arts can be one of the most versatile degrees available out there. It has received some flak in the past that questioned its value in employability, but we don’t think that is a true picture of the value of a Liberal Arts degree. Many Liberal Arts graduates have gone on to have successful careers – such as former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner, Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Alibaba co-founder, Jack Ma.

What is a Liberal Arts degree?

According to Indeed, the #1 job site in the world, “a liberal arts degree falls into the humanities category and is the general study of art, literature, language, history and philosophy.” While these fields don’t immediately tie to a specific occupation (such as studying engineering = being an engineer), they instead provide you with the skills needed to succeed in many different careers.

Liberal arts degrees cultivate cultural awareness, self-awareness and ethics, training students to be culturally sensitive and helping them become invaluable assets to any company and department. Liberal arts degree students make great leaders as they possess skills that allow them to work with employees of all types.1

An article by CNBC says that, “Liberal art degrees emphasize soft skills, or talents that are harder to quantify — such as effective communication, strong writing, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence — rather than hard skills, like the ability to perform open-heart surgery or Python programming.”

Why study Liberal Arts in the US?

Studying Liberal Arts in the US means that you are learning it right where it originated.

“The US is the home of this style of education – it originated here. Other countries are starting to adopt liberal arts and sciences education, but we have long-standing expertise in how to deliver it,”2 says Amy E. Markham, Director of International Admission at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in an article by usnews.com.

Markham adds, “In many other countries, the style of education is very knowledge- and fact-based. What students are getting here balances knowledge acquisition with the ability to collaborate, problem-solve and innovate. This flexible, critical thinking emphasized by the liberal arts and sciences allows students to thrive and to adapt (to) future unknowns.”2

What are some career options after completing a degree in Liberal Arts?

Because a Liberal Arts degree is so versatile, the career possibilities are limitless. Here are just a few examples, because a Liberal Arts degree is, as we say, limitless:

    1. Secondary school teacher
    2. Editor
    3. Writer and author
    4. Public relations specialist
    5. Human resources specialist
    6. Training and development specialist
    7. Broadcast news analyst
    8. Business development manager
    9. Creative content creator
    10. Management consultant
    11. Journalist

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