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The Facts of a Liberal Arts Education

Student studying in Pennington Lounge.

You're going to take classes outside of your major and outside of your comfort zone. 

    • If you're a math or science major, you're going to have to take English and a foreign language, and vice versa. It might sound awful now, but there's a reason we do it this way. We teach you broad skills as well as skills specific to your major.
    • This mix of classes is what we call interdisciplinary learning. The point is to bring together two or more academic disciplines to teach you the most about one topic.

These classes will teach you a variety of broad and specific skills. 

    • In the real world, regardless of your major/career, you need broad skills: to communicate clearly, think critically, analyze, research, and problem solve, among others. If we didn't make you take that writing course, or that science requirement, you would only have skills specific to your major, half of the skills you need.
    • It's also pretty neat to see the connections between your major and all of these, supposedly, unrelated courses. For example, perhaps in a history class you briefly learn about a plague or illness that you then study in-depth in one of your biology courses. At the end of the day, you know everything from the society to the cellular level.

You need to be involved outside of the classroom to perfect these skills. 

    • Leadership and team work can be learned in the classroom, but you can perfect these skills on an athletic team or taking a position in one of our student organizations. Choose something related to your major, or just for fun. Either way, you're going to be adding to your list of skills that employers want to see.

In the real world, you're probably going to have to change jobs, maybe even careers, several times. 

    • Imagine years down the road you have to change careers. One specific set of skills isn't going to get you anywhere. However, with a liberal arts and sciences education, you have that broad skill set to fall back on.

Employers are looking for candidates with broad skills, even more than your major.