Why Arts and Sciences?

As the diverse career paths of SAS alumni and George Anders' book You Can Do Anything demonstrate, a major does note define your career! An Arts and Sciences education has unique strengths for building a purpose-filled life and career in an age where more technical tasks are being automated. See Why Arts and Sciences?

2x1 placeholderThe advantages of an Arts and Sciences education at Rutgers University - New Brunswick include:

  • Employers want the skills your degree provides: Studies show that arts and sciences majors succeed over the long termHybrid jobs are the fastest growing set of jobs. With machine learning taking over more technical tasks, employers look for robust "human" skills, such as communication, creativity, and adaptability. The SAS Core Curriculum and SAS majors provide students with the core Career Readiness Skills to succeed in a global, tech-enabled world. Gaining experience through research, course projects, clubs, on-campus jobs, and internships can help you explore careers and transition to work. 
  • Major does not determine career path: SAS Alumni career paths are diverse and adaptable to many career paths. Consider Philosophy`12 graduate Zeke Pariser who obtained a job as a regulatory analyst, “I would NOT have the job I do today without my liberal arts background. I learned how to analyze, write succinctly and convincingly, and present my thoughts and ideas coherently and confidently from some of the top professors in the world. I loved every single course I took at Rutgers; each one prepared me for the job I have today.”
  • Enriches your life and your work: Studies show that an arts and sciences degree enriches graduates lives and careers, even among first-generation students

Finding a "good fit" career takes time and initiative. Give yourself a break and take the 1.5 cr. Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences Course.  

Articles that demonstrate the unique value Arts and Sciences degrees can offer for your career. 

The Most Unexpected Workplace Trend Coming in 2020: the Return of the Liberal Arts Major

What you can do with a Liberal Arts Degree (June 2020)

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The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts: First-generation students are finding personal and professional fulfillment in the humanities and social sciences.

Liberal Arts are the Best Preparation - Even for a Business Career

Microsoft's President (And Head of AI) say(s) Liberal Arts Majors Are Necessary for the Future of Tech

Where Finance Meets Humanities - Really! 

How A Degree In Scandinavian Mythology Can Land You A Job At One Of The Biggest Tech Companies

The Examined Life: Robert George and Cornel West on the purpose of liberal arts education - AEI

Occupations of Humanities Majors with a Terminal Bachelor’s Degree

THE HYBRID JOB ECONOMY: How New Skills Are Rewriting the DNA of the Job Market

The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market

Human+ Skills for the Future of Work

To Advance Your Career, Think of Yourself as a Business

You Don't Need To Be A Tech Bro To Achieve Financial Independence: Celebrate The Liberal Arts

Students who Study Abroad Fare Better in the Job Market

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