Liberal arts degrees, once eschewed for not being specialized, have again become popular because of their combination of both broad-based and communication skills. Degrees with a liberal arts curriculum offer a wide range of classes, such as literature, languages, psychology, philosophy, business, and history. Since this degree is an amalgamation of many different (but complementary) subjects, students are not limited by a more narrow focus that leads to only one career.
Employers Are Looking for Liberal Arts Backgrounds
In fact, one recent survey of hundreds of high-level employers found that 30 percent of them would focus on hiring liberal arts graduates, which is nearly the number that are focusing on computing and engineering graduates. Surprised? Many people are. But the reasoning is sound, because more and more, companies are looking for students who are:
These skill sets, sometimes known as “soft skills,” are now recognized as being just as critical to a company’s performance as hard skills (like computer programming or accounting) have been in the past.
Why You Should Consider a Liberal Arts Degree
Liberal Arts programs serve as an excellent “base” degree for those who are preparing to for entry-level employment or who want to enter law school, master’s programs, or medicine.
Do Companies Hire Students with a Liberal Arts Degree?
Absolutely. Businesses often hire liberal arts graduates in every department, including human resources, sales, research and development, legal, public relations, and graphic design.
Business known to hire liberal arts graduates are as varied as Target, the U.S. government, Sears, NBC, Deloitte and Touche, Starbucks, and Dell. Liberal arts coursework is also valuable to those who seek employment in healthcare organizations.
Robert Morris University believes that applying liberal arts courses and education to our degree programs—including business, engineering, nursing, and actuarial sciences—makes our graduates not only good employees, but knowledgeable people with varied interests.
Years ago, RMU polled dozens of companies, asking what they’d most like to see from our graduates. Their answer, to a man, was excellent communication skills. In response, we developed the Communications Skills Program (CSP) that teaches RMU students how to develop skills in critical thinking, writing, group dynamics and oral communication. We’ve heard time and again that the companies who hire our graduates are impressed by students’ overall knowledge and adaptability. Implementing that program gave our students an advantage in the number of internships that became available, as well as the quality of the employers who offered graduates job interviews.
Call or contact RMU today to learn more about our Communications Skills Program and the benefits of having a liberal arts education.