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What can you do with a degree in the liberal arts?

The short answer: Just about anything you want.

What are the Liberal Arts?

The liberal arts have nothing to do with politics (unless you choose to study political science). 

The term “liberal” in liberal arts comes from the Latin word liberalis, meaning freedom and referring to the skills that once enabled people to live as free citizens in their society.

By choosing to study the liberal arts, you are investing in a commitment to lifelong learning and academic exploration. Our students are thinkers, dreamers, strategists and communicators. We encourage students to think outside the box, investigate the world around them and engage in their communities as responsible citizens.

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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Guanci

Class of 2017

B.A. in History, minor in Political Science and Mandarin Chinese

Current job title: Fenway Ambassador for the Boston Red Sox

Do you have any advice for students who are currently studying the liberal arts? 

I believe studying the liberal arts is the most important and useful education foundation one could have to prepare for the future. Studying the liberal arts allows one to pursue a wide variety of careers. The liberal arts has much to offer any student. If you find the subject that you are passionate about, pursue it because it can take you anywhere.

What was your favorite thing about your program of study at TCU?

My favorite part about the History program at TCU was the extensive selection of courses that were offered. I was able to take classes in subjects that I never thought of studying. I took classes about various periods of history and learned how each connected and applied to modern day history. I was always learning something new.

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Top Reasons to Study the Liberal Arts

#1 Earn More

Liberal arts majors’ long-term earnings outpace professional fields by 3 percent, according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

 

#2 Think Beyond the Technical

To advance in the workplace, you’ll need more than technical skills. With a liberal arts degree, you’ll gain the writing, complex reasoning, creativity and innovation needed to succeed throughout your career — and to pivot when technical skills become outdated and opportunities change.

 

#3 Deliver What Employers Want

Two-thirds of employers want college graduates with a broad knowledge in the liberal arts, according to an American Association of Colleges and Universities survey of employers. Employees with a liberal arts background tackle projects requiring complex and creative thinking.

 

#4 Prepare for Career Flexibility

From here, your TCU education takes you anywhere. Be an urban planner, a criminal investigator, a teacher, a hospital chaplain or a translator. A broad knowledge base, cultural competency and commitment to lifelong learning equip you to grow your career in any direction.

 

#5 Be Relevant in Today’s World

You’ll identify and analyze the forces that drive the world: politics, anthropology, religion, race and many others. The common thread throughout all your classes is understanding — and ultimately improving — the human condition.