The subjects we’ve come to know as the liberal arts — the natural sciences, literature and language, mathematics and philosophy — have historically been seen the educational cornerstone of an engaged, productive, thoughtful citizenry. These were the subjects you needed to know about to meaningfully participate in the political, economic, cultural and creative life of your nation.
But in a globalized, tech-driven 21st-century landscape, is a liberal arts education still useful? The answer is an unequivocal YES. At Johnson State College, we believe a liberal arts education has never been more valuable. The critical thinking, analytical, creative and communication skills required to earn a liberal arts degree provide graduates with valuable, transferrable skills that will prepare them for not just their first job out of college, but for jobs that don’t even exist yet.
And employers agree. A recent survey of business and nonprofit leaders revealed that 74 percent of those polled would recommend a 21st-century liberal arts education to prepare potential employees for long-term professional success in the modern economy. Another survey found that employers cited the following skills as the most important in employees:
- Professionalism/Work Ethic
- Oral and Written Communications
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
It’s no coincidence that these are very same skills developed and honed by studying the liberal arts.
But at Johnson State, we offer a “high-impact” version of a liberal arts education — it’s liberal arts for the 21st century. We take traditional classroom-based learning and connect it to hands-on, experiential activities like internships, field and laboratory research, professional conferences and travel, and more to make sure that you leave JSC not just with a set of adaptable skills that will serve you throughout your career — but a resume that contains practical, professionally relevant experiences to help you get that first job out of college.