The University of Tulsa’s Kendall College of Arts & Sciences houses majors in the arts, humanities and social sciences. While the liberal arts have long been valued for their contributions to the public good – educating young people to become thinkers and leaders in a democratic society – some pundits and politicians have questioned the value of a liberal arts education for college students in today’s economy.
In 2015, sociology senior seminar students examined the liberal arts and the job market. In collaboration with graphic design majors, they produced a video (above) and researched misconceptions such as:
Myth: The liberal arts will not teach you marketable skills.
Reality: The liberal arts help students cultivate skills that are useful in a variety of work settings.
Myth: A liberal arts degree will narrow your career options.
Reality: The range of careers for liberal arts majors is actually wider than it is for many pre-professional and STEM majors.
Myth: Graduate school is required after majoring in the liberal arts, and your major will determine the graduate degree you pursue.
Reality: Career-level jobs can be obtained with a bachelor’s degree, but some jobs and career paths do require further education. Liberal arts graduates can pursue a wide range of graduate degrees.
Myth: After earning a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts, you should go directly to graduate school or establish a career—any short-term alternatives are a waste of time and money.
Reality: Short-term alternatives can help graduates explore their long-term interests.