SU Joins Liberal Arts Consortium

Written by Laura Paskin
April 17, 2014

Seattle University joined the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA), an association of public and private higher education institutions, organizations, and individuals that promote the value of a liberal arts education. College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers has represented the university since the early planning stages for the consortium.

“Liberal arts graduates continue to do well in the job market,” Powers said, “and that’s a message the consortium promotes across the state.”

Powers is a frequent contributor to the debate on the value of a liberal arts education. In addition to speaking out on the topic, he maintains a thick file of reports and analyses that support the strength of a liberal arts degree. Testimonials on the Value of a Liberal Arts Education webpage provide examples of the varied careers available to individuals with liberal arts degrees .

“The Association of American Colleges and Universities just issued ‘How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment: A Report on Earnings and Long-Term Career Paths,’” Powers added. “Once again, we see that liberal arts graduates continue to thrive in the workplace, even after the recent recession. Employers are increasingly seeing the benefits of a rigorous liberal arts education.”

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate majors, 36 minors, and 6 master’s degrees.