The value of our degrees

Decorated mortar board at commencementA 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.

Making Better Futures

Read what others are saying about the liberal arts.

Frandsen Humanities building with ivy  "The employee who can make a compelling sales presentation, who can communicate succinctly via email, sound persuasive on the phone, write a complex business plan … is the one who will succeed in the 21st century workplace." — Lisa Nielsen, Chron
Morrill Hall building "Even in technical fields, persuasive, interesting writing is necessary to achieve success." — Leslie Lamport, Computer Scientist
Student Achievement Center "Art, literature, history, and other branches of the humanities are vital for developing our emotional intelligence - essential to understanding ourselves and others." — Peter Salovey, President, Yale University
Manzanita Lake ". . . in the long run it's the people with the liberal arts backgrounds who end up being CEOs." — Anna Moro, associate dean of humanities, McMaster University, quoted in The Atlantic.
Knowledge Center  "What helps you thrive in a changing world…may just well be social science, and, yes, even the humanities and the arts that contribute to making you not just workforce ready but world ready." — Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post
University campus with Reno in the back  "This focus on the wider world, and the sense of duty to that world that is instilled in students, may be one reason why liberal education is so tied to equity and social justice." — Alexandra Vollman, INSIGHT Into Diversity

After graduation

The knowledge and skills acquired in our College give our graduates the edge to adapt in a changing world and to succeed in many prominent organizations. Here is a sample of where some of our graduates have been employed.

Company logos: Bally, Pivotal Ventures, eBay, Department of Sate, Sparks Police, G.E., University of Nevada, Reno, Zulily, Tesla

The liberal arts experience

For more about the value of a liberal arts education, read what our alumni have to say.

Amanda Sage

"My speech communications degree provided directly applicable skills for negotiating resolutions in cases, presenting criminal cases to a jury at trial, or presenting my arguments to judges in appellate oral arguments." — Amanda Sage, J.D. (Communications), Deputy Attorney General, Nevada Attorney General's Office

Devin Sizemore

"Having strong writing skills has greatly helped in my career. It is the core of marketing. It has helped me in writing executive summaries to pitch business concepts to banks and investors."Devin Sizemore (English), Entrepreneur, Former Founder of MarkUBiz

Trish Tucker 

"My time on stage performing, gave me the skills and tools to be able to speak to large groups, or just on camera. It taught me how to express myself and share a message." — Trish Tucker (Theatre), Manager of Public Relations and Customer Service, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

Justin Fong 

"My degree in liberal arts gave me a wide breath of knowledge on how to deal with different cultures." — Justin Fong (International Affairs), Business Owner