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Why Study the Liberal Arts?

Trying to decide whether a liberal arts education is right for you? Here’s what people around the country have to say about the value of a liberal arts education:

2015

There’s more to college than STEM degrees (The Detroit News, August 27, 2015)

Tech companies are hiring more liberal-arts majors than you think (Washington Post, August 26, 2015)

The Social Impact of Humanities ‘Inventions’ (Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2015)

What you’ve been told about picking a college major is probably wrong (Quartz, June 8, 2015)

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors (Kaiser Health News, May 27, 2015)

Why the Liberal Arts Belong in Elementary School (U.S. News & World Report, May 18, 2015)

Here’s Why Nothing Prepares You For The 21st Century Like A Liberal Arts Education (Forbes, May 16, 2015)

Why Small Colleges Are Great For Science Students (Forbes, Apr. 10, 2015)

What the ‘liberal’ in ‘liberal arts’ actually means (Washington Post, Apr. 2, 2015)

In defense of a liberal arts education (Ellwood City Ledger, Mar. 4, 2015)

We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training (Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2015)

Employers seek grads with ‘soft skills’ more than specific majors (Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Feb. 15, 2015)

What good’s a liberal arts education? Ask this young man (GoUpstate, Jan. 9, 2015)

The Tao of the liberal arts (Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2015)

2014

Study Says Liberal Arts Gains Similar Across Majors (US News, Dec. 6, 2014)

Liberal arts or something more ‘practical’? (Providence Journal, Nov. 20, 2014)

Why Liberal Education Matters (WNPR, Nov. 25, 2014)

Why a college degree shouldn’t be a commodity (Washington Post, Nov. 20, 2014)

The Intrinsic Value of Liberal Education (Huffington Post, Nov. 16, 2014)

Developing Leaders, Not Followers (Huffington Post, Oct. 14, 2014)

Why study liberal arts? Because it can help create both good citizens and good workers (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 14, 2014)

Employees Who Stand Out (Forbes, Sept. 5, 2014)

Don’t Dismiss the Humanities (The New York Times, Aug. 13, 2014)

Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees (Fast Company, August 2014)

Why premedical students need the liberal arts (July 23, 2014)

Liberal Education, Soft Skills, and Success (Huffington Post, July 14, 2014)

A World Without Liberal Learning (Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2014)

Seven CEOs with surprising college majors (Fortune, June 2, 2014)

4 Ways Private Colleges Make the Grade (Fox Business, May 19, 2014)

The Arts and Humanities Are Alive and Well — Just Watch the Millennials (Huffington Post, May 12, 2014)

Study liberal arts — and gain power (CNN.com, May 6, 2014)

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers (The Atlantic, April 29, 2014)

Liberal Arts: The Perfect Education for the Business World (Academe Magazine, April 14, 2014) 

The perks of attending a liberal arts college (USA Today, Feb. 24, 2014)

Liberal arts education is as vital as ever (Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 2, 2014)

2013

The enduring value of a liberal arts education (Hechinger Report, Dec. 5, 2013)

Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 10, 2013)

The humanities still teach marketable skills (Portland Press-Herald, Oct. 21, 2013)

Liberal arts are the best preparation — even for a business career (Guest column by former Seagram Corporation CEO  Edgar M. Bronfman, Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2013)

What Higher Education Should Be For (LinkedIn, Sept. 5, 2013)

How to turn a liberal arts degree into a paycheck (USA Today, Aug. 27, 2013)

The value of liberal arts: an education, not just a degree (Roanoke, Va. Times, Aug. 18, 2013)

There is no “there” without liberal arts (Denver Post, Aug. 11, 2013)

Liberal arts has advantages (Worcester, Mass., Telegram & Gazette, Aug. 11, 2013)

Liberal Arts Value Goes Beyond Dollars (The Huffington Post, Aug. 7, 2013)

A college education isn’t just about job prospects (The Hechinger Report, July 12, 2013)

Economic value in liberal arts education (Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle, July 5, 2013)

Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2013)

Debating the English Major: ‘It’s Not Just About Getting a Job’ (Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013)

In last lecture, Kagan stresses the liberal arts (Yale Daily News, April 26, 2013)

Career Prep and the Liberal Arts (Huffington Post, April 25, 2013)

Value of a liberal-arts education spurs major debate (Columbus Dispatch, April 22, 2013)

Why we need the liberal arts (The Hechinger Report, April 17, 2013)

A liberal, and liberating, education (The Hechinger Report, April 15, 2013)

Employers Want Broadly Educated College Grads, Capable of Innovation (Huffington Post, April 12, 2013)

A Liberal Arts Degree Leads to a Career, Not Just a Job (Huffington Post, April 10, 2013)

The value of a liberal-arts education (The Hechinger Report, April 10, 2013)

A Liberal Arts Foundation (New York Times, March 25, 2013)

Liberal Arts Schools Prove Worth in Test Scores (U.S. News & World Report, March 14, 2013)

A liberal arts education is still relevant (Newsday, Feb. 7, 2013)

2012

Liberal arts education is transformative (San Antonio Express-News, Dec. 6, 2012)

Liberal arts poor venture? Not so fast (Muncie, Indiana Star Press, Dec. 6, 2012)

A Useful Liberal Arts (Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2012)

A Liberal Arts Degree is More Valuable than Learning Any Trade (Forbes magazine, Nov. 13, 2012)

Why History Matters (Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2012)

Why a Communal Liberal Arts Education Matters More Now Than Ever (Huffington Post, Oct. 25, 2012)

Scrap liberal arts? Think again (Denver Post, Oct. 20, 2012)

The Liberal Arts: A Gift that Keeps on Giving (Poughkeepsie Journal, Oct. 15, 2012)

Why a liberal arts education is the best job preparation (Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 18, 2012)

Liberal arts colleges – The model for the future (University World News, United Kingdom, Sept. 16, 2012)

Liberal arts is about more than money (USA Today, Sept. 10, 2012)

Three cheers for the liberal arts (Vancouver Sun, Sept. 7, 2012)

Don’t pit science and math education against the liberal arts (Seattle Times, Sept. 1, 2012)

Liberal arts now more valuable than ever (Evansville Courier & Press, July 17, 2012)

Liberal arts build truly open minds (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 6, 2012 - you need to scroll midway down the page)

Free to choose, I chose liberal arts (Tampa Bay Times, June 8, 2012)

Benefit of liberal arts education hasn’t faded (Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D., June 7, 2012)

5 Reasons To Choose A Liberal Arts College (Providence, R.I., Journal, June 3, 2012)

Survey on millennial hiring highlights power of liberal arts (portfolio.com, May 14, 2012)

The Liberal Arts and Leadership (Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2012)

Vocation or Exploration? Pondering the Purpose of College (New York Times, May 4, 2012)

A Coca-Cola executive shares his thoughts on the value of a liberal arts education (April 12, 2012)

Macalester College president Brian Rosenberg talks about the long-term value of a liberal arts college (Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012 - video)

Liberal arts still relevant (column in the Lawrence, Kan., Journal World, March 7, 2012)

The liberal arts: Back to basics (editorial in the Pittsburgh, Pa., Tribune-Review, Feb. 4, 2012)

Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters (New York Times, Feb. 1, 2012)

The Liberal Arts as Guideposts in the 21st Century (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 29, 2012)

Liberal arts education lends an edge in down economy (USA Today, Jan. 25, 2012)

Liberal Arts Degrees: An Asset At Some Companies (Story aired on National Public Radio, Jan. 17, 2012)

2011

A Liberal Education (article in the Winter 2011 issue of the Grinnell College magazine)

A Liberal Education: Preparation for Career Success (Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2011)
By A.G. Lafley, Former Procter & Gamble chairman

Alumni of Liberal-Arts Colleges See Value in Their Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 16, 2011)

Steve Jobs valued liberal arts; we should too (Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel, Oct. 24, 2011)

In defense of liberal arts education (Denver Post, Oct. 24, 2011)

Liberal arts fit a changing workplace (Herald-Tribune/Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 20, 2011)

Liberal arts and the knowledge economy (The Daily Gleaner/New Brunswick,Canada, Sept. 27, 2011)

Liberal Arts Education: Gateway to Riches (Hartford Courant, Sept. 25, 2011)

Liberal Arts degree now more useful (Springfield News-Sun, Sept. 3, 2011)

Liberal arts education is smart move in today’s world (Harrisburg, Pa. Patriot News, Aug. 27, 2011) By Janet Morgan Riggs, president of Gettysburg College

Valuing a Liberal-Arts Education in a Jobs-Focused World (Hartford Courant, Aug. 22, 2011)

Our world needs the humanities (The Australian, July 13, 2011)

The Value of a Humanities Degree: Six Students’ Views (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 5, 2011)

A new report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching documents the value of liberal arts education for business majors (Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2011)

Why the liberal arts matter (cnn.com, May 21, 2011)
By Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University

Liberal-arts graduates are perfectly prepared for today’s careers (Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2011)

In the digital age, the much-maligned, liberal-arts degree still has deep value (Toronto Globe and Mail, May 9, 2011)

A New Notion in Europe: the Liberal-Arts College (Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2011)

The Role of Liberal Arts Colleges in Advancing Positive Social Change (Huffington Post, March 23, 2011)
By Raynard Kington, president of Grinnell College

American liberal arts colleges: Where art meets science  (The London Independent, March 17, 2011)

Where Professors Send Their Children to College (CBS Moneywatch.com, Feb. 15, 2011)

Liberal arts, not Tiger Professor, improve critical thinking (Charlotte Observer, Jan. 28, 2011)