In today’s job marketplace, it’s no surprise that students carefully choose their degree paths based on the best projected job opportunities post-graduation. Many students choose a highly specialized major with the goal of getting a job in their career field right out of college. However, in the current job climate, specialization may not always be the answer. Liberal arts degrees offer students a broad learning experience and are a classical education option because they help students to develop a wider skill set, which can be applied to nearly every field imaginable.
Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled, “What’s a Liberal Arts Education Good For?” In it he discussed the benefits of the well-rounded learning experience a liberal arts education provides. “A successful liberal arts education develops the capacity for innovation and for judgment,” Roth says. “Those who can imagine how best to reconfigure existing resources and project future results will be the shapers of our economy and culture.”
Degrees in liberal arts are founded on learning through art, language, mathematics, literature and history. They are a significant piece of the core curriculum many universities require regardless of the degree a student plans to obtain. People who are well-educated in liberal arts might not focus on a single career path, but rather open themselves up to myriad opportunities because of the critical thinking and communication skills mastered, which are easily applied to a variety of professions.
Many economic, business and political leaders obtained their bachelor’s degrees in a liberal arts field and applied their knowledge and skills in the marketplace or pursued further education in a more specialized area of interest, such as finance, leadership, business administration, healthcare administration, secondary education or another content area. Because of today’s dynamic marketplace, businesses often seek employees with a broad base of skills and knowledge like critical thinking, communications, society and history, which are the primary focus of a liberal arts degree and gives them the training needed for their specific industry. Others build their career on the skills learned in their bachelor’s program and lessons learned from experience in their profession.
The classical education offered by the liberal arts provides the foundations for lifelong learning, but what kind of careers can you pursue from a broad education? Careerbuilder.com compiled a list of the most common liberal arts degrees and job opportunities available with further training, such as counseling, public relations, teaching, law, advertising, etc.
Liberal arts degrees are of tremendous value to students and provide the knowledge and flexibility that graduate programs and today’s dynamic job market demand.
Graduation: The colossal aspiration and desire of every college student. The road to graduation is strenuous, demanding, and sometimes seemingly impossible, with thousands of hours of homework, demanding courses, and hard-pressed schedules.
The dream of graduating from Grand Canyon University finally became a reality for the Class of 2010, on May 1. Students, robed in their gowns and donning their caps and tassels walked onto the wide expanse of Chase Field while Pomp and Circumstance rang up to the rafters in the stadium, it started to sink in: they finally made it!
Grand Canyon University Chief Executive Officer, Brian Mueller, welcomed the graduating class, their friends and family, and stated how proud he was of the students. Pride was a common theme throughout the event.
Reverend Tom Parker opened the ceremony with a prayer, and was followed by a greeting from Dr. Kathy Player, President of Grand Canyon University. Before the conferring of degrees began, nursing students Don Bennett and Samantha Steen were recognized for their inspiring and heroic act in saving a man’s life who had suffered a cardiac arrest. The video Grand Canyon University aired to tell this remarkable story is available to watch here. Their story was uplifting, and a prime example of how Grand Canyon University prepares students for their chosen professions, even in challenging and unexpected circumstances.
The audience was treated to a performance, under the direction Dr. Juan de Dios Hernandez, from the Grand Canyon Chorale called, “The Glory and Majesty of Your Name.” This song selection had a poignant message for many graduates, it truly showed that the road to graduation would be impossible to travel without the guidance from our magnificent God.
At long last, the time came for the presentation of the degrees! As names were called one-by-one students walked across the stage with smiles of knowing accomplishment and accepted their diplomas from the equally proud President and Provost.
In all Grand Canyon University granted 5,906 degrees during graduation:
• 3,595 College of Education Degrees
• 1,238 Colleges of Nursing & Health Sciences Degrees
• 836 Ken Blanchard College of Business Degrees
• 237 College of Liberal Arts Degrees
As the last few graduate crossed the stage, the roof of the stadium overhead began to part, letting the beautiful Phoenix day shine onto the field.
After the closing prayer by Pastor Mik Milem, fireworks exploded from behind the stage and purple and white balloons dropped from the rafters, and the celebration began in earnest; the Grand Canyon University Class of 2010 had come to the end of one journey, and prepared to step out into the next chapter, full of purpose!