Why Liberal Arts & Sciences?

Employers seek college graduates with wide skill-sets. They expect professionals to have both broad and major-specific knowledge and the ability to constantly learn, adapt and innovate. In the fast-paced modern workplace liberal arts graduates stand out as strong candidates.

The Meaning

A liberal arts education focuses on helping students build their own intellectual resources. Students tackle a broad curriculum and specialize in a discipline. Classes are small, professors are approachable and discussions are in-depth.
You can major in just about anything: English, history, computer science, accounting, biology…the list goes on and on. However, in the liberal arts tradition an education doesn't end with a major. Students are challenged to venture into other disciplines, experience the arts and humanities and broaden their understanding of the world.
The “liberal” in liberal arts refers to the classical definition of “free.” The concept of the liberal arts started thousands of years ago as the finest education for free individuals. It remains vital today.


The liberal arts ground your education in what matters – honing your critical thinking and communication skills. Through study in the liberal arts, you learn to:
  • Analyze and synthesize information and ideas
  • Craft persuasive arguments
  • Think creatively and independently
  • Bridge disciplines, industries and cultures
  • Navigate diverse environments
Studying the liberal arts and sciences enriches you as an individual, prepares you as a world citizen and distinguishes you as a professional. You also gain an edge in the workplace, and are better equipped for a complex, diverse and ever-changing world. With a liberal arts education, you're prepared.
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