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Liberal Arts Lowdown

  • A liberal arts education means studying broadly—taking classes in many different subjects—and building skills that are geared toward more than just one profession. By studying the liberal arts, students develop strong critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Liberal arts students learn to approach questions flexibly and to think across multiple disciplines. These are skills employers say they value most, even more than a specific major.  In today’s labor market, career paths are changing rapidly, and graduates must draw from a variety of skillsets to adapt to challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

  • Liberal arts grads come from all parts of the country, from cities and small towns, from families of varying economic backgrounds, and from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds—even from different countries. They use their degrees in all kinds of professions—business, entertainment, government, law, medicine, research, teaching, and many more. Name a career, and a liberal arts grad has done it. They’re also creative innovators, busy carving out the careers of tomorrow.

  • You can study the liberal arts anywhere in the country: in picturesque towns and in bustling cities, in the mountains and by the sea, from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Colleges and universities that are members of the Council of Independent Colleges offer a variety of programs grounded in the liberal arts. Regardless of your interests—business or biology, English or economics, French or physics—liberal arts colleges have programs that will enable you to pursue your passions and achieve your goals through a well-rounded education.

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