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Liberal Arts Lowdown: 5 Reasons a Degree Is Right for You - Brooke Chaplan

Earning a degree in engineering or computer science could possibly get you a high-paying job, but earning a degree in the liberal arts can offer you so much more. Here are five reasons why getting a liberal arts degree is beneficial, and what bonuses it provides.

It Teaches You How to Think

A liberal arts education is broad and diverse, giving you numerous skills that will help you think critically and adapt to various situations and circumstances. Taking classes in different subjects will allow you to discover the multitude of beliefs and ideas that shaped and created societies. You will study the common belief sets that make us human, and look at the differences that make each culture unique.

It Gives You a Global Perspective

The world is more connected now that it has ever been, and it’s important to have the skills and education that will allow you to function in a global environment. Because a liberal arts education emphasizes general knowledge and the study of other cultures, along with foreign language studies, it is a good way to learn about the world. Employers will appreciate workers who can understand and adapt to different perspectives and ideals.

It Gives You Tangible Job Skills

A liberal arts degree will help you develop skills to use in your career, including time management, the ability to conduct research, and ethical decision making—skills that most employers value highly. You will have to take classes that require you to think, deconstruct and analyze many different topics. It can give you a head’s up when you do the same in your work.

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It Gives You Job Opportunities

Some people believe that because you have a degree in the liberal arts, you aren’t marketable, but this is far from the truth. There are hundreds of positions in the world waiting for you, and your degree will allow you to work well with others for the greater good in many capacities. Professors and counselors will be able to direct you to jobs you never knew existed.

It Makes You Happy

By studying and understanding the world and cultures around you, you will be more tolerant of differences, and that helps when you can appreciate the achievements of many. By understanding and valuing all aspects of culture (music, literature, art, etc.), you could get more pleasure out of your life and education.

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A liberal arts degree may not be right for everyone, but it has the ability to give you critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, creative thinking skills, and oral and written communication skills, just to name a few. These proficiencies will last a lifetime and allow you to be flexible and adaptable in your career and life. So whether you’re getting started with your associates at Chatfield College, or finally have to declare your major in Sophomore year, you can feel secure that a choice in liberal arts won’t slow you down.

Article submitted by Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer based in Los Lunas, New Mexico.