What’s the Value of Your Liberal Arts Education?

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM PDT

Theology, philosophy, literature, science, service learning, and mathematics probably sum up your freshman year at Seattle University pretty thoroughly. Congratulations! You are the product of a liberal arts education – even if you earned a degree in science, education or business. You have an arsenal of social and professional tools that will last you the rest of your life.

Maybe your philosophy class enabled you to see the humanity in every client you deal with.  Perhaps that sophomore English class allows you to send memos that are short and concise. Did you know that 89% of employers want more emphasis on written and oral communication in their candidates?

We’d like to hear how your liberal arts education prepared you for your future. When Dean David Powers asked College of Arts and Science alumni how their liberal arts education has proven valuable to them, alumni were quick to respond.

“I believe that the future will belong to those who are flexible thinkers, who have a broad understanding of science, culture, and history.”  
“I literally had no idea how much my liberal arts education would change my life.  The broad range of ideas I encountered (some for the first time, others in new ways) incalculably expanded my beliefs about what is possible.  As well, the tools I developed for encountering (and processing) ideas and the world help me every day, in both my creative and my more pragmatic work.”
 “The term 'well-rounded individual' is often used lightly, but in a very real sense, my liberal arts education has prepared me for a career in many different fields.”

Hear more and share how your liberal arts education prepared you for your life after Seattle U.
Attend a free panel discussion and networking event titled  “Personal, Professional, Lifelong: The Return on Investment of Your Liberal Arts Degree.”  
April 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

The event will feature a panel from the Deans Advisory Council followed by networking with prospective students and parents, students and alumni.  Questions about this event should be directed to David Chow.

How did your liberal arts education prepare you?