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Liberal Arts Majors

Liberal Arts and the Conservative Agenda

Bill Spellman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Education
Bill Spellman

One might argue that these varied experiences, compressed into a four-year course of study, are the real prerequisites to advancing the public good, including individual and collective economic good.

We Need Welders. We Need Philosophers. But Most Importantly, We Need Graduates.

David Levin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
David Levin

In September, I wrote about how the word "education" came up only seven times during the second Republican debate. In this week's debate, education was mentioned only five times, but since the debate was only two hours versus three, I'm willing to call that progress.

Reinventing the Liberal Arts

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.20.2015 | Education
Michael Brenner

The near universal failure of our universities to confront the compelling ethical and political issues intrinsic to our actions in the "war on terror" means that a generation of Americans will have their understanding shaped by the patriotic war porn of American Sniper and Zero Dark Thirty.

Study What You Love, Not What Others Think You Should

Uloop | Posted 04.12.2014 | College

We all excel at different things; if we didn't, the world would be a pretty boring place. Here are some tips on how to deal with people hating on your major, and how to keep your spirits up.

The 'Useless' College Majors Of The World's Most Successful People

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.28.2014 | College

“You shouldn’t enter college worried about what you will do when you exit,” David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, said at a World E...

Good News For Humanities Majors

| Jon Marcus | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

People who major in the humanities and social sciences don’t earn as much as their classmates in the physical and natural sciences, math, or enginee...

Thinking Like an Investor... About the Liberal Arts

Joe Kraus | Posted 02.02.2014 | College
Joe Kraus

If you think of a college education as the stock market, what are the "value buys," what are, to paraphrase Warren Buffett, the "companies" with strong fundamentals and long track records that other investors are overlooking?

Faculty Triads: A 21st-Century Model for Liberal Arts Education

Mauri Ditzler | Posted 11.11.2013 | Education
Mauri Ditzler

"What's your major?" is one of the most commonly asked questions of college students today. It's interesting to consider that the same question asked to one of our students in the mid-19th century would have elicited a blank stare.

College Majors Are Changing, But Not In The Way You Expect

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.04.2013 | College

Based on the steady coverage of how humanities are losing their popularity, tales of woe about art and psychology graduates making minuscule salaries,...

Liberal Arts Majors With The Biggest Salaries

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.16.2013 | College

A new report on the salary potential of colleges and majors from PayScale makes one thing pretty clear: an engineering student can expect to make a lo...

The Value of the Liberal Arts

Jessica Mardo | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Jessica Mardo

My liberal arts education has given me not just the confidence that I have skills applicable to a wide variety of professional disciplines, but also an understanding that the world is bigger than just me and my paycheck and that perhaps, just perhaps, a career well spent is one giving back.

The 'Wow,' 'Cool,' 'Really interesting' Factor in College Majors

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 04.10.2013 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

Students will not show their true stuff unless they find what their "wow" factor is. They have to find the arena -- the discipline that engages them so that they do their best work -- because it interests them. Round pegs don't go in square holes.

Why English Majors Don't Have to Finish Last

Brazen Life | Posted 04.06.2013 | College
Brazen Life

Is that true? Are thousands of students getting painted into a corner by their degrees? The real truth is: It's not whether your degree is marketable. It's whether YOU market it!

My Goldilocks Story of College Majors

Catherine Seraphin | Posted 02.16.2013 | College
Catherine Seraphin

Some students are lucky -- they know exactly what they want to do practically from the womb. As for the rest of us, it can be a very lengthy process of self-discovery before you realize what you're meant to do.

The Global Citizen: Finding Practicality In A Liberal Arts Education

George Forsythe | Posted 10.08.2012 | College
George Forsythe

What can you do with a degree in classics? How are you going to get a job with that degree? Many people still fail to understand what a liberal arts education is and how it translates into success in the job market.

The Top 9 Things Employers Value In Recent Grads

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.17.2012 | College

A new survey holds some good news for liberal arts majors. It has certainly been said that a liberal arts degree is impractical for this economic c...

The Liberal Arts for the 21st Century

Jeff Abernathy | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
Jeff Abernathy

Liberal arts colleges cannot be satisfied with simply being what they have been. I am suggesting that our greatest opportunity is to re-imagine what the liberal arts college can be for our society and for the world.

Liberal Arts Majors Less Likely To Be Recruited For Jobs? | Lisa Ung '12      Assistant News Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The Wall Street Journal appeared to confirm many Mount Holyoke students' fears when it published its national ranking of colleges that recruiters favo...

The Unbearable Lightness Of Declaring A Liberal Arts Major

The Morning News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Having just finished my first year of college, it's time to pick a major. I'm hopeless at anything math or science-related, but my mother's constant w...