Why Study the Liberal Arts?

Below is a collection of articles from a variety of publications exploring the value of a liberal arts education in today's world. The most recent articles are listed first.

Liberal Arts Are the Best Preparation — Even for a Business Career  (Guest column by former Seagram Corporation CEO  Edgar M. Bronfman, Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 17, 2013)

Employers and Public Favor Graduates Who Can Communicate, Survey Finds (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 18, 2013)

Broad Education vs. Industry-Specific Skills (Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 18, 2013)

How to Turn a Liberal Arts Degree Into a Paycheck (USA Today, Aug. 27, 2013)

The Value of Liberal Arts: An Education, Not Just a Degree (Roanoke, Va. Times, Aug. 18, 2013)

There is No “There” Without Liberal Arts (Denver Post, Aug. 11, 2013)

Liberal Arts has Advantages (Worcester, Mass.,Telegram & Gazette, Aug. 11, 2013)

Liberal Arts Value Goes Beyond Dollars (The Huffington Post, Aug. 7, 2013)

A College Education Isn’t Just About Job Prospects(The Hechinger Report, July 12, 2013)

Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17, 2013)

The New Case for Liberal Arts (International Herald Tribune, May 14, 2013)

Commentary: Education for Education's Sake (Michigan Radio, April 23, 2013)

Why Businesses Prefer a Liberal Arts Education (CNBC.com, April 15, 2013)

Why a Liberal Education Creates Great Entrepreneurs (Huffington Post, April 15, 2013)
by John Dearborn, president of JumpStart Inc.

Employers Want Broadly Educated College Grads, Capable of Innovation (Huffington Post, April 12, 2013)

Business Schools Embrace the Liberal Arts (Bloomberg Businessweek, April 10, 2013)

A Liberal Arts Degree Leads to a Career, Not Just a Job (Huffington Post, April 10, 2013)

A Liberal Arts Foundation (New York Times, March 25, 2013)

Liberal Arts Schools Prove Worth in Test Scores (U.S. News & World Report, March 14, 2013)

Numbers Don't Lie -- A Cost/Value Analysis of a Liberal Arts Degree (Huffington Post, Feb. 26, 2013)

A Liberal Arts Education is Still Relevant (Newsday, Feb. 7, 2013)

Liberal Arts Education Is Transformative (San Antonio Express-News, Dec. 6, 2012)

Liberal Arts Poor Venture? Not so Fast (Muncie, Ind. Star Press, Dec. 6, 2012)

A Useful Liberal Arts (Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 26, 2012)

A Liberal Arts Degree is More Valuable than Learning Any Trade (Forbes magazine, Nov. 13, 2012)

Why History Matters (Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 5, 2012)

Why a Communal Liberal Arts Education Matters More Now Than Ever (Huffington Post, Oct. 25, 2012)

Scrap Liberal Arts? Think Again (Denver Post, Oct. 20, 2012)

The Liberal Arts: A Gift that Keeps on Giving (Poughkeepsie Journal, Oct. 15, 2012)

Why A Liberal Arts Education Is the Best Job Preparation (Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 18, 2012)

Liberal Arts Colleges – The Model for the Future (University World News, United Kingdom, Sept. 16, 2012)

Liberal Arts Is About More Than Money (USA Today, Sept. 10, 2012)

Three Cheers for the Liberal Arts (Vancouver Sun, Sept. 7, 2012)

Don’t Pit Science And Math Education Against the Liberal Arts (Seattle Times, Sept. 1, 2012)

Liberal Arts Now More Valuable Than Ever (Evansville Courier & Press, July 17, 2012)

Free to Choose, I Chose Liberal Arts (Tampa Bay Times, June 8, 2012)

5 Reasons To Choose A Liberal Arts College (Providence, R.I., Journal, June 3, 2012)

Survey on Millennial Hiring Highlights Power of Liberal Arts (portfolio.com, May 14, 2012)

The Liberal Arts and Leadership (Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2012)

Vocation or Exploration? Pondering the Purpose of College (New York Times, May 4, 2012)

A Coca-Cola Executive Shares his Thoughts on the Value of a Liberal Arts Education (University of Notre Dame, April 12, 2012)

Macalester College president Brian Rosenberg talks about the long-term value of a liberal arts college (Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2012 - video)

Liberal Arts Still Relevant (Lawrence, Kan., Journal World, March 7, 2012)

The Liberal Arts: Back to Basics  (Pittsburgh, Pa., Tribune-Review, Feb. 4, 2012)

Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters (New York Times, Feb. 1, 2012)

The Liberal Arts as Guideposts in the 21st Century (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 29, 2012)

Liberal Arts Education Lends An Edge In Down Economy (USA Today, Jan. 25, 2012)

Liberal Arts Degrees: An Asset At Some Companies (National Public Radio, Jan. 17, 2012)

A Liberal Education: Preparation for Career Success (Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2011)
By A.G. Lafley, Former Procter & Gamble chairman

Alumni of Liberal-Arts Colleges See Value in Their Degrees (Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 16, 2011)

Steve Jobs Valued Liberal Arts; We Should Too  (Fort Wayne, Ind., News-Sentinel, Oct. 24, 2011)

In Defense Of Liberal Arts Education (Denver Post, Oct. 24, 2011)

Liberal Arts Fit a Changing Workplace (Sarasota, Fla. Herald-Tribune, Oct. 20, 2011)

Liberal Arts Education: Gateway to Riches (Hartford Courant, Sept. 25, 2011)

Liberal Arts Arts Degree Now More Useful (Springfield  News-Sun [Ohio], Sept. 3, 2011)

Liberal Arts Education Is Smart Move in Today’s World  (Harrisburg, Pa. Patriot News, Aug. 27, 2011) 

Valuing a Liberal-Arts Education in a Jobs-Focused World (Hartford Courant, Aug. 22, 2011)

The Value of a Humanities Degree: Six Students’ Views (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 5, 2011)

A new report by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching documents the value of liberal arts education for business majors (Inside Higher Ed, June 2, 2011)

Why the Liberal Arts Matter (CNN.com, May 21, 2011)

Liberal-Arts Graduates Are Perfectly Prepared For Today’s Careers (Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2011)

In the Digital Age, the Much-Maligned, Liberal-Arts Degree Still Has Deep Value (Toronto Globe and Mail, May 9, 2011)

A New Notion in Europe: the Liberal-Arts College (Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2011)

The Role of Liberal Arts Colleges in Advancing Positive Social Change (Huffington Post, March 23, 2011)

American Liberal Arts Colleges: Where Art Meets Science  (The London Independent, March 17, 2011)

Where Professors Send Their Children to College (CBS Moneywatch.com, Feb. 15, 2011)

Not a Bad Thing At All: Liberal Education (The Record [New Jersey], Aug. 8, 2010)

10 Reasons to Go to a Small (or Liberal Arts) College (U.S. News & World Report, July 28, 2010)