Careers available to those with a degree in Liberal Studies are many and varied. Employers like the big-picture, inclusive approach to problem-solving, the freshness of vision that can bring new ideas to their organizations, and the independence and self-assurance that our program fosters.
Skills developed in the program include:
- Versatility to better deal with the uncertainties of today's job market. You are not locked into a narrowly defined set of skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills give Liberal Studies graduates the flexibility to move into new opportunities as they arise.
- Ability to evaluate and synthesize information from many sources. Surveys have found that liberal arts graduates are preferred for middle and upper management positions because they can deal with complex situations.
- Strong research skills allow Liberal Studies students to find data and establish context, crucial for informed decision-making.
A sample of job titles held by Liberal Studies graduates (some of these careers require additional training or education):
- health administrator
- social worker
- travel agent
- union official
- fashion buyer
- securities analyst
- advertising copywriter
- television station manager
- computer programmer
- legislative assistant
- public relations officer
- community organization director
- paralegal professional
Typical employers include public and private schools, government agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, colleges and universities, courts and correctional institutions, finance companies, banks, hotels and resorts, non-profit organizations, public relations firms, publishing companies, newspapers, law firms, radio/TV industry, and retail companies.
Our program is designed so that you make frequent and practical connections between theory and practice. In order to accomplish this, each of our core courses has a strong component of "hands-on" learning which will give you experience in setting up projects, and analyzing and reporting data. Your community, workplace and home are venues for this type of learning. Some of these projects will be assigned, but, as you progress through the program, you will be asked more and more to come up with proposals that reflect your interests and address your future plans.
In your final semester, you will be involved in a ten-unit senior project which will require you to formulate a proposal, describe a methodology for its completion, write it up in an appropriate format, and give an oral presentation of your work. These are skills which are extremely valuable in any career. Indeed, you may focus your senior project on an area that will speak to your own future in the workplace.
When you complete the program, you will have in your portfolio a body of work which demonstrates the practical skills you have accrued, and which you can use to further your career goals.
For more information about what you can do with your Liberal Studies degree, visit these websites. Some information may be regional, but you can gather some good ideas about how to approach your job search.