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Career Advantages of Liberal Arts Majors

Often exactly which arts and sciences major you choose is less important that the fact that you have a  arts and sciences major rather than a specific, narrow technical degree that may rapidly be out of date. There are certain skills, habits of mind, and perspectives that all humanities, or social science, or natural, physical, and mathematical science majors share. Key is being able to articulate these as you present yourself to employers across sectors. Add a few key technical skills such as Excel and some familiarity with the jargon of the business world (google "business jargon" or "business buzz words") to the deep critical thinking skills you developed through the Core Curriculum, a major and minor you intellectually enjoy and feeds your need for purpose, and breadth-enhancing electives, and you are ready to go.

Here are some articles and books we have found helpful in understanding how arts and sciences is valued in the workplace.   Get more help with this in our Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences course for sophomores and juniors.  Also, visit University Career Services.

Here are some articles and books we have found helpful in understanding how liberal arts is valued in the workplace:



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