Why Liberal Arts

Skills employers want that go with you anywhere

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A liberal arts degree empowers you for dealing with complexity, diversity, and change. Gain a broad knowledge of the world and deep knowledge in specific areas.

Become a better communicator, analyst, and problem-solver. Then apply your knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

No matter where you go or what you do, a liberal arts education is for life. Adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.


Employers like liberal arts graduates because they have the skills necessary to adapt in a changing workplace.

Your degree remains valuable as your interests and experience—and the job market—change.

Liberal arts graduates understand problems, generate solutions, and communicate them.

An undergraduate liberal arts background prepares you for a diverse field of graduate studies.


We don’t know where the world’s going.

Technology is disrupting so many traditional assumptions, employment options, economic foundations that we don’t know what kind of jobs students are going to have a decade from now.

People need to have the skills and adaptability that will make them flexible enough
to be successful in a world that we can’t predict.

So what are those kinds of skills? Imagination. Insight. Perspective.

So much of that comes from a breadth of experience you can get through reading history, reading literature, thinking critically about yourself, challenging your taken-for-granted assumptions, and seeing that they may all change in a second because other people have challenged them in other times and places.

Drew Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust
President, Harvard University
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