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What is the Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education?

A liberal arts education builds students into freethinkers, open communicators, knowledgeable citizens, and respectable individuals.

Many liberal arts colleges are focused on creating critical, creative thinkers that transform into citizens devoted to service, education, and acceptance of others.


Liberal Arts Forms Well-Rounded Individuals

Liberal Arts Education - Well Rounded IndividualsMost students begin college in their late teens and graduate college in their early 20s. These formidable years – ones often away from parents and family members – mold you into individuals equipped to contribute to society in various ways.

With a liberal arts education, students leave campus as well-rounded individuals, ready to take on challenges presented to them with open minds, considerate thoughts, and unheralded passion.


Liberal Arts Opens Your Mind

Some may view a liberal arts education as a political-leaning focus or even a political science major. Let’s be clear – that is not true. 

A liberal arts education focuses on an holistic approach: opening the mind to new ideas, pondering concepts all around us, considering perspectives through new lenses, and understanding differences in thought.

A liberal arts education exposes you to the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. It teaches you how to learn, and how to evaluate arguments and experiences.


Liberal Arts Prepares You for Success

Employers and hiring managers believe in the liberal arts education. In fact, a 2014 study from the Association of American Colleges and Universities found the following statistics:

  • 80% of employers believe that all students should obtain broad educations in the liberal arts and sciences
  • 93% of employers believe that a candidate’s ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems ranks more important than a specific major
  • 55% of employers desire candidates that have a balanced background of field-specific skills and a broad understanding of knowledge and skills

Purpose of Liberal Arts Education - GraduationClearly, a liberal arts education prepares you well and sets you up as a qualified candidate for openings upon graduation and beyond. By learning a broad range of skills, liberal arts students are equipped to succeed in any field.

According to the 2014 AACU study mentioned above, liberal arts graduates most commonly work in some of these professions:

  • School Teachers
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Clergy

Do you believe that a liberal arts education is for you? Do you have more questions about it? Our team at Lyon College would be happy to help you.

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