A degree in the liberal arts provides a number of sought-after skills in today’s workforce. Many people say that today’s liberal arts majors become tomorrow’s leaders. In fact, one-third of Fortune 500 CEOs have degrees in liberal arts. If predictions about the future world of work come true, liberal arts majors are also likely to find success in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment. Students are expected to experience a job change as many as 16 times in their lifetime. In this environment, graduates who have the ability to learn and relearn will have a better chance of being successful. Liberal arts majors are likely to be among these.
We encourage our students to find their passion in college and choose a major in a subject they truly want to study. But we also set them up for success in the future by providing skills such as writing, communication, critical thinking and analytical aptitude that are needed in a variety of careers. In addition, liberal arts majors are compensated just as well as other graduates over their lifetime. For these reasons and others, a liberal arts degree helps set students up for a successful future.
Internships are a great way to develop new skills, to use those important liberal arts skills (problem solving, critical analysis, communication and creative thinking) in a different context, to network with future colleagues and employers, and to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom. Internship courses are available in many departments so that students can earn credit for their employment. Other internships are available through the Career Studio. Grants are available for paid internships. Students can also obtain micro-internships, short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable students to hold internships year-round. Students can even enroll in internships while studying abroad.