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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:

“A great liberal arts/humanities education is still critically important because in today’s global economy, one of the most important skills you have is your ability to work with people and communicate clearly and effectively.”

—President Barack Obama, speaking at a Q&A event about education, June 10, 2014

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

What can you do with a humanities major? More than you think (MSN via OnLineDegrees.com, Dec. 19, 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 (Linked In, 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)

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

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)

In Defense of the Liberal Arts (National Review, Dec. 16, 2010)

Not a bad thing at all: liberal education (The Record [New Jersey], Aug. 8, 2010)

10 Reasons to Go to a Small College (U.S. News & World Report, July 28, 2010)