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Liberal Arts Degree


What is the Liberal Arts degree?
The Liberal Arts Degree Program is a multidisciplinary curriculum that crosses over into more than one department.  This program provides a unique, rigorous, and flexible learning pathway for that segment of the student population with specific educational and career interests.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts (B.S.) degree programs allow students to complete a curriculum which equips them to be successful in an array of professional settings and provides an essential academic undergraduate foundation for those seeking to pursue a graduate-level degree for career advancement.  The distinguishing requirement between the B.A. and B.S. is 6 hours of language for the B.A., and 6 hours of advanced math/science for the B.S. degree.

Students earning this degree complete the general education requirements for all degrees and at least two concentration blocks of 18-20 hours each.  These concentration blocks are courses from one department or from two different departments.  They also have the 6 hours of language or advanced math/science courses and a basic technology course.  An additional 18-25 hours are elective hours with at least 9 hours in courses numbered 3000 or above.  

Is the Liberal Arts degree recognized by employers?
A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that the job offer rate for 2014 college graduates was higher than the previous year--48 percent versus 46 percent--thanks in large part to more offers for liberal arts majors.

The majority of employers in the survey, which belonged to sectors ranging from accounting to retail, had a positive view of liberal arts graduates. When the respondents were read a description of liberal arts education today, 74 percent said they would recommend that kind of education as "the best way to prepare for success in today's global economy." They also said skills like critical thinking, problem-solving and communication were more important than any one major.

Is the Liberal Arts degree recognized by graduate schools?
A Liberal Arts graduate can choose concentration blocks that will prepare them for further graduate work in any of the health-related professions, law school, seminary, or teaching.  Liberal Arts majors at Williams have been successful in entering the job market upon graduation or pursuing graduate degrees in each of these areas.