Business schools across the country continually remind their candidates that it's important to choose majors that will prepare students for successful careers. Employers still argue for college grads to take courses such as communication and problem-solution skills which can only be learned from learning the liberal arts. Surveys suggest that liberal-arts majors lead happier lives, earn more money, and are just as well off as majors in the natural sciences, yet employers aren't too far behind when it comes to satisfaction.
What's so appealing about liberal arts? After all, it's not exactly a science! A person who majored in engineering, for instance, can be just as happy with a degree in English Literature or history as someone who majored in biology or chemistry. In fact, there are certain majors that offer the same opportunities for personal satisfaction – math majors have an easier time finding employment than any other major – that make the most sense.
Many liberal-arts degrees allow for flexibility and control. You can set your own pace or schedule. You can decide where you want to go and how long to stay there. Most degree programs offer an interdisciplinary approach that gives students the chance to work and study with a broader field of experience. For instance, if you want to do a master's program in public health, you can easily mix your core liberal-arts curriculum with courses in mathematics, anthropology, psychology, public administration, and more.
There are many liberal-arts majors, and they're not just restricted to the humanities. Students in business can get an education in creative writing, journalism, graphic design, publishing, computer science, statistics, or even accounting. Students in fine arts can receive an education in painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, photography, or visual communications.
The variety of liberal-arts options available in these programs also allows students to choose what they want to major in. If you want to study a particular discipline, for example, you can find a program with liberal-arts programs that teach that specific subject. Even students who plan on going to a business school can find programs offering a liberal-arts curriculum that offers some courses as part of their general business education. As a business major, you'll need to complete a core curriculum covering marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and managerial strategy; after that, you can elect to take more specific courses in advertising, sales, marketing, or accounting.
Students have a lot of flexibility in how much coursework they have to complete. You can take one year or take two years to complete your degrees, depending on your interests and availability. The pace can be at a walk rate or by credit hour. Courses are flexible enough that you can work at your own pace or attend class at your convenience. With no academic probationary period, it's possible to earn an advanced degree in a number of subjects at a time.
Students who go on to major in liberal-arts enjoy the flexibility of taking courses independently or as a group. While there is no set syllabus for classes, most liberal-arts majors share core courses. As mentioned before, each major has its own set of elective courses.
The benefits of getting a liberal-arts degree are many. While a bachelor's degree in business might not guarantee employment, a major in liberal-arts offers a higher likelihood . . . . . . of success. And if you're willing to work at your own pace, you'll enjoy all the perks of earning a degree without the stress of taking a business degree and then having to struggle to gain employment.