The Liberal Arts curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation for the student who wishes to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in fields such as English, Foreign Language, History or Sociology at a senior institution.
This broad-based curriculum emphasizes the development of the student’s verbal, written and analytical skills. In order to meet specific curriculum requirements for transfer, the student is strongly advised to consult the catalog of the university at which he plans to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree. Also, the student is required to plan his course of study with advisers representing his/her specific fields of interest. Successful completion of this course of study will make a student eligible to receive the Associate of Arts degree.
What can I do with a degree in Liberal Arts?
Almost anything! A recent study by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) found that few employers think that new college grads are prepared for the workforce. Why not? Since so many students are pursuing specialized degrees, they lack the broad-based skills that are necessary for entry into any career, such as analytical reasoning and creative problem solving. The best place to get those skills is in the liberal arts.
Nothing makes a better oral and written communicator than the hours a liberal arts student spends reading and writing. Not only will you learn to express your own ideas effectively, you’ll also become an expert at understanding – and interpreting – others. These abilities are invaluable in both the workplace and everyday interactions. Effective communication isn’t just about writing a good memo. With most of their class hours spent critiquing books, articles and each other, humanities students are also excellent debaters. A liberal arts education will teach you to mount – and defend – a very persuasive argument.
Employers listed the ‘ability to collaborate and work in diverse teams’ as one of the most important learning outcomes of a college education in the AAC&U study. Liberal arts students learn to work collaboratively through years of team projects and peer review.