Liberal Arts Degree Program and Career Video
Liberal Arts Degree Program and Career Video Transcript
If you aren't interested in a vocational school or a professional degree, chances are you're going to be majoring in one of many Liberal Arts majors. Degree programs in history, English, literature, general studies, fine arts, philosophy, humanities, sociology, geography, theology, languages, mathematics and science are generally found within the liberal arts division of a college or university.
A degree in the Liberal Arts generally refers to a degree in one of the humanities, fine arts, mathematics or science. These subjects are intended to provide a broad general education and to develop the intellect, rather than prepare a student for a profession or trade. Students who choose a Liberal Arts discipline will hone their writing skills and make gains in critical thinking, problem solving and analysis. A Liberal Arts program will also give students an understanding of other points of view, as well as perspectives on different societies and cultures of the past and present.
Required coursework will vary for each Liberal Arts degree. There are a few associate degree programs to choose from, but most Liberal Arts degrees are at the bachelor's level. A handful of colleges offer a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree which consists of a self-tailored program of general studies courses. Most Liberal Arts degrees, however, are within a particular field of study. Colleges often reorganize their degree prorams, but disciplines that are typically found within the Liberal Arts division of a college or university include:
- General Studies
- Fine Arts
- Political Science
Because degree programs in the Liberal Arts are not designed to prepare students for a particular profession or vocation, graduates may have difficulty matching their educational backgrounds to a particular career. Many Liberal Arts graduates decide to teach in their degree area or go on to graduate school.
Graduates who decide to enter the workforce find that the skills and perspective gained with their degree are an occupational advantage in the business world. Some valuable Liberal Arts skills include:
- Writing skills
- Presentation skills
- Research skills
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Foreign language proficiency
- Sensitivity to cultural diversity
Higher Learning/Graduate Studies Opportunities
Most bachelor's degree programs in the Liberal Arts are also available at the master's degree level. Some can also be pursued at a doctoral level. It is also common for a Liberal Arts graduate to earn a master's degree in business.
A handful of universities offer advanced degrees, such as the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, which are self-designed interdisciplinary programs combining coursework from several of the humanities and social sciences.
Degree programs in the Liberal Arts allow students to study a rich variety of interesting, creative and intellectual topics that enrich the human experience or liberate creativity. Graduates from Liberal Arts disciplines have a well-rounded education and bring many valuable skills to the workplace.