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The Liberal Arts by the Numbers

93% of business and nonprofit leaders surveyed believe that a job candidate’s ability to

- think critically
- communicate clearly
- solve complex problems

is more important than their undergraduate major.

(source: 2013 survey of more than 300 employers via the Association of American Colleges and Universities)

The top traits valued by employers on résumés are hallmarks of a traditional liberal arts education, including:

  • teamwork
  • clear writing
  • problem-solving skills
  • strong oral communication

(source: Survey of 180 companies via the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

60% of CEOs and product engineering leads earned a humanities degree.

(source: 2012 survey of more than 650 subjects via 4Humanities)

30% of tasks and activities may become machine automated in
60% of all occupations

Critical thinking and a liberal arts education will grow in importance, especially for the remaining jobs that require human thought and participation.

(source: McKinsey & Company)

College rankings that include job satisfaction (not just salary outcomes) rate liberal arts colleges at the top of the list.

(source: New York Times)

See What LSA Alums Are Doing with Their Degrees

Visit our interactive online tool to see how grads from each major find employment in nearly every career field, and how each career field is comprised of LSA grads from almost every major.