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Who Studies the Liberal Arts?

Liberal arts grads come from all parts of the country, from cities and small towns, from families of varying economic backgrounds, and from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds—even from different countries.

They use their degrees in all kinds of professions—business, entertainment, government, law, medicine, research, teaching, and many more. Name a career, and a liberal arts grad has done it. They’re also creative innovators, busy carving out the careers of tomorrow.

Hover over and click through to the testimonials below and see the rewards liberal arts grads have reaped from their undergraduate experience, both professionally and personally. You also can search to read about different careers that interest you by using the search box below.

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  • Phelosha Collaros

    Phelosha Collaros

    Director, ASRT Foundation
    St. John’s College (NM), Class of 2000
    Job training...gives you the skills to be competent in your daily tasks and responsibilities—to meet the basic expectations of your current employer. An education, though, should be about tomorrow, when the jobs of today are replaced by what we can't even imagine yet.
  • Jascha Kaykas-Wolff

    Jascha Kaykas-Wolff

    Chief Marketing Officer, BitTorrent
    Whittier College (CA), Class of 1998
    When you're in an environment like a liberal arts school, the opportunity is to learn how to ask great questions, to seek curiosity, and ultimately help you learn. To be able to construct a great question—to help uncover something that is going to be a meaningful addition to your life—is unique to the way liberal arts schools are run.
  • Alan Novak

    Alan Novak

    President, Novak Strategic Advisors
    Ursinus College (PA), Class of 1971
    I think a liberal arts education is perfect because the liberal arts prepare you for all the different things that can come in life. [And] speaking, leadership, personal interaction, and teamwork skills are best developed in a liberal arts setting.
  • Dzifa Yador

    Dzifa Yador

    Production Manager, MTV Networks/Viacom
    St. Lawrence University (NY), Class of 2011
    I would encourage all parents of high school students to really take a moment and explore all that a liberal arts education has to offer.
  • Mary Elizabeth Ulliman

    Mary Elizabeth Ulliman

    Account Manager, Google
    Saint Mary's College (IN), Class of 2010
    I use my liberal arts education every day. My managers are consistently impressed with my confidence, my ability to adapt, and my appreciation for different kinds of knowledge and viewpoints.
  • Isaac Holeman

    Isaac Holeman

    Cofounder, Medic Mobile
    Lewis & Clark College (OR), Class of 2009
    The kind of education suited to a life of innovation is less about imparting facts…and more about the way you see the world.
  • Kathryn McKeller

    Kathryn McKeller

    Opera Singer and Performing Artist
    Hollins University (VA), Class of 2005
    The curiosity and versatility that I gained at Hollins are things that I use every day as a performing artist.
  • Ron Kirk

    Ron Kirk

    Senior of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Former U.S. Trade Representative; Former Mayor of Dallas; Former Secretary of State of Texas
    Austin College (TX), Class of 1976
    What employers are looking for are bright, energetic people who have the ability to adapt. And I don’t think anything prepares you and gives you the skills to do that better than a liberal arts education.
  • Terra Teague Hess

    Terra Teague Hess

    Retail Industry Analyst, Google
    Alma College (MI), Class of 2008
    Although your chosen field of study is important, thinking beyond it can give you a more realistic and respected view of the world—all the while making you a more well-rounded person.
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