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What Can I Do With a Degree in the Liberal Arts?

What draws a student to the disciplines within the humanities and social sciences? Love of learning? A passion for the subject matter? An interest in the subjects that are the core of a classic, well-rounded university education?

What deters a student from following his or her leaning towards a liberal arts degree? Negative economic news? Well-intended advice from the proponents of business school or a STEM field? Fear of rendering oneself unemployable after years of education?

Fear not.

There is good news out there for university students, including those with humanities or social sciences degrees. Yes, you can get a job – perhaps a job you haven’t even thought of yet – with a liberal arts degree in your hand.

Learn how the humanities and social sciences can further your career. And learn about what Mason has to offer in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Got some news about career outcomes from the liberal arts that you like?  Send a link to chss@gmu.edu.

The Best Jobs Now Require You to Be a People Person

The Best Jobs Now Require You to Be a People Person

An article on the FiveThirtyEight site reports on research that shows that because technology is leading to the automation of purely technical jobs, "people skills" — communicating clearly, being a team player, appreciating social perceptiveness — are growing in demand.

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Why I Chose to Study English

Why I Chose to Study English

In a blog post on Payscale.com, a student with a STEM-heavy background reveals why she chose to major in English in college. Spoiler alert: it had to do with her job prospects.

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Report: Good Jobs Are Back

Report: Good Jobs Are Back

A new report by the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce shows that the economy in recent years has improved most in "good jobs" (minimum $53,000 / year annual salary, and often including benefits). The largest growth area among these good jobs? Jobs in the category managerial and professional office--the kind of jobs in which liberal arts graduates frequently find employment--more than double the next highest category, STEM (see page 14 of the report).

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Forbes: Liberal Arts Degrees are Hot Tickets in Silicon Valley

Forbes: Liberal Arts Degrees are Hot Tickets in Silicon Valley

A "divide" between STEM and the liberal arts? An article on the Forbes website describes how the tech industry is seeking liberal arts graduates to connect with customers and drive creativity. The human touch in a humanities and social science education bridges the gap between the engineers coding new products and the people who will use them.

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Liberal Arts in the Long Run

Liberal Arts in the Long Run

A career is a marathon, not a sprint. Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources, argues that pursuing a broad, liberal arts education provides a better career strategy than a major geared to one occupation.

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The Case in Defense of the Humanities

The Case in Defense of the Humanities

This article discusses factors that lead students -- in all majors -- to the finance and consulting fields, and explores how the skills taught in the humanities and social sciences are a good match for the challenges of the business world.

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Lessons from the Humanities and Social Sciences

Lessons from the Humanities and Social Sciences

The president of the University of Michigan and the president of Stanford University, a biochemist and a computer scientist, make the case for an economy that includes humanists and social scientists along with scientists and engineers.

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Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major

Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major

Survey of 225 employers finds high demand for liberal arts majors because of their skills in areas such as spoken and written communication, skills that play a key role in a liberal arts education.

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Why Employers Love Liberal Arts Graduates

Why Employers Love Liberal Arts Graduates

Creativity, critical thinking, flexibility, ability to solve complex problems, teamwork: these are the traits that liberal arts graduates bring to the workplace, and they are the traits that managers and employers need.

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