What are Liberal Arts, Humanities & General Studies Majors?
What are liberal arts? Find out what these majors are, the problems they may pose, their advantages, and steps to take to career success if you choose one. These are programs of study and independent or individualized studies in the liberal arts subjects and humanities disciplines. To a large extent, you will design your own program – combining a study of the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Since each student’s program is unique and varies according to his or her interests, a particular Holland personality type cannot be matched to these majors. If you choose one of these majors, you will want to design your program in such a way that it matches your personality, for the most part.
Here is a more specific description of these majors:
- Liberal Arts and Sciences is a structured combination of the arts,
biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities,
emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently
designed, individualized, or regular programs.
- General Studies is an undifferentiated program that includes
instruction in the general arts, general science, or unstructured
- Humanities/Humanistic Studies is a program that focuses on
combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as
distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing
languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.
with these majors are able to offer employers valuable
skills and attitudes:
- Appreciation of different lifestyles and points of
- Balanced knowledge of the sciences, social sciences,
- Analytical, problem-solving skills
- Enthusiasm for learning and independent thinking
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to speak and write effectively
- Ability to interact with people at different levels
However, liberal arts students usually must make a special
effort to learn some of the skills that professional and
technical graduates (engineering, business, computer science)
often have. They should consider taking supplemental courses,
getting work experience (internships, volunteer work, part-time
and summer jobs), and doing extracurricular experiences
that strengthen their knowledge and skills in such areas
- Leadership, business administration
- Accounting, and marketing
- Computer and information systems proficiency