Field of Study Overview

Students with a love of learning and a curiosity for many different subjects may choose to study in the field of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This field can be tailored to suit your specific interests. You will work with your advisors to determine the theme of your courses.

A major in this field will not prepare you specifically for one career path; rather the focus is on a broad, interdisciplinary education. Students will learn skills such as critical thinking, reading, and writing. Classes in history, English, math and science will give you a well-rounded education. Graduates will have transferrable skills they can bring to a variety of careers.

Required Skills

One of the most important skills for this major is to be an independent and self-motivated student. You will work with your advisor to create a graduation plan. You may be required to do an independent study under the guidance of a professor. Another important trait is a passion for learning. This should transfer to all your classes and will help you succeed. If you enjoy what you are doing, it will be much easier to complete the work accompanied with the class.

Your courses will likely contain a lot of reading and writing assignments; it's important to manage your time effectively so you can complete all your coursework. Many of these classes will be discussion based, allowing you to hear many different perspectives while also helping to develop your speaking and critical thinking skills.

This major gives you many skills employers desire: critical thinking, broad-based knowledge, and effective communication skills to name a few. However, students will have to take the initiative to discover a career path that interests them, gain experience and pursue a job in that field.


There are a variety of career opportunities with a degree in liberal arts, general studies, or humanities. You will be prepared to work in fields such as advertising, marketing, editing, business, or even the government. However, you can also go to graduate school and further your degree in academia, business, law, or even medicine. Your skills can be transferred to many different areas because you spent your time as an undergraduate learning how to think, read, and write effectively.

Your job opportunities are endless so the salaries will range depending on what career path you pursue.


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    (associate) 99,788
    (bachelor) 44,919
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