Why Christian Liberal Arts

10 Reasons to Earn a Liberal Arts Degree

We’re often asked about the definition of the liberal arts. We’ve created the top ten list below to help you understand its enduring value.

  1. The liberal arts are an exploratory journey that naturally exposes you to all your options by enrolling in courses from nearly every discipline. You might be surprised to find that you are passionate about a subject that you initially dismissed or were not aware existed.
  2. The liberal arts increases your awareness of your interests. The interdisciplinary focus helps you select a major and specialty. For example, if you aspire to be an attorney, taking a biology course might help you decide to focus on environmental law.
  3. The liberal arts maximize your performance. Consider the ability of English majors who enroll in psychology courses. Some of the principles in psychology will help them better develop the characters in their stories or analyze the background of their authors.
  4. Employers value the broad concentration of liberal art degrees. This includes critical thinking, researching, writing, problem-solving and possessing computer and communication skills. For more proof review the National Association of College & Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Survey or the Association of American Colleges & Universities LEAP video.
  5. Graduate schools value the knowledge, skills and abilities that liberal art graduates possess. Many graduate/professional schools require certain prerequisite courses, but specific majors are usually not required. This is because graduate programs are looking for the same broad skills that employers are seeking.
  6. A liberal arts degree provides innumerable career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor, most people change careers at some point in their life.  Unlike a technical degree, the liberal arts cultivates versatile expertise and permits you to change careers.
  7. The liberal arts also enable you to respond to a rapidly changing labor market. New types of jobs are emerging every year and most of us have no way of knowing the requirements that will be needed to qualify for them. Consequently, the best approach you can take is to develop general, transferable skills that employers want.
  8. The liberal arts equip you with the critical thinking skills needed to make a decision, such as that of your major. If you are unsure about your major, seek out a liberal arts education. Not only will you be prepared for numerous careers, but the curriculum will naturally facilitate your decision-making ability.
  9. You get to be the architect of your degree. You can select the classes that interest you in many of the Liberal Arts Core categories such as the Fine Arts, Literature, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. You can also select your elective credits or earn a minor in another discipline. Nowhere else can you tailor your plan of study to your interests or career goals.
  10. In addition to doing something for you in regards to your career, a liberal arts degree also does something to you. There is both an instrumental and intrinsic focus. Not only are you equipped with valuable skills, but you are transformed, especially because we offer a distinctively Christian approach to the liberal arts.

Finally, liberal arts classes are fun. Just ask our students or graduates

Learn more about the liberal arts core classes at USF.

Reference: The Liberal Arts, Your College Major, and Your Future Career(s): Myths & Realities by Joe Cuseo