Frequently Asked Questions about the Liberal Arts Major

» What are liberal arts?
» How do liberal arts fit in with the College’s core values?
» What are the benefits of studying liberal arts?
» What do prospective employers think about a liberal arts degree?
» What career opportunities are open to liberal arts majors?

 Q: What are liberal arts?

A program of study in liberal arts offers a broad overview of the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Q: How do liberal arts fit in with the College’s core values?

At Becker College, we believe in the transformational power of a college education to impart knowledge and enlightenment in a global society. Our core values—excellence, accountability, community and diversity, social responsibility, integrity, and creative expression—support this belief and are reflected in our liberal arts program.

Q: What are the benefits of studying liberal arts?

The study of liberal arts enables you to follow your passion, be open to possibilities, discover what you love to do, think about your future, make your own choices, and enhance your skills. It provides you with the versatility to continue to a more specific major program of study as well as the ability to put some of the communications, reasoning, and other skills you are learning to use in a wide range of careers.

Q: What do prospective employers think about a liberal arts degree?

A general college degree is the major entry-level credential required by employers. A degree in liberal arts conveys that you have developed a higher level of writing, critical thinking, communication, analytical, and creative skills than those who have a specialized degree—all skills that are in demand in today’s job market. In fact, in a study by EMC Research, 79 percent of employers indicate they value analytic skills, 75 percent desire job applicants with strong writing abilities, and 67 percent conveyed they are seeking candidates who possess creativity. These skills, as well as leadership qualities and cultural awareness, can translate across a wide range of careers and appeal to hiring managers.

Q: What career opportunities are open to liberal arts majors?

A liberal arts degree can be applied to a wide variety of careers. Because of the versatility of the program, more career opportunities can be available because you have a broader base of knowledge than someone who has specialized in a discipline.

Surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers indicate that hiring managers are looking for the skills a job candidate has to offer, no matter what the candidate’s college major is. Employers are looking for candidates who have a strong work ethic, dedication, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, initiative, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving and analytical skills—skills students cultivate in the Becker College program of study in liberal arts.

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