Undergraduate Majors

Do you wonder if all that you learn in the liberal arts will help you find employment after graduation? Well, here is some good news. According to a study done by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, “College students earning a liberal arts degree can nearly double their job prospects—and boost their starting salaries to boot—by picking up a few technical skills before they graduate” (USATODAY, August 8, 2013).

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And here is some more good news: Simpson offers courses in areas that are recommended to enhance your employment prospects. They are BUSS 1900, “Introduction to Business”; BUSS 1950, “Introduction to Economics”; BUSS 3270, “Desktop Publishing”; and BUSS 4950, “Entrepreneurship.”

The Georgetown study also notes “that employers first and foremost hire people who can communicate clearly, think critically and solve problems—all hallmarks of a traditional liberal arts education.”

Combine these hallmarks “With just a little bit greater awareness of what employers need, [students can] unlock a huge array of jobs that might not otherwise have been open to them,” says Matthew Sigelman, CEO of a Boston-based business (USATODAY, August 8, 2013).

Sigelman’s analysis of some 4 million entry-level job openings available between July 2012 and June 2013 indicates that a recent liberal arts graduate is qualified for about 955,000 jobs. But add a few additional courses, and they compete for another 862,000 positions! (USATODAY, August 8, 2013).

Starting salaries increase dramatically too: from $43,000 to $49,000 with the extra coursework in field-specific skills. So consider using some of your unrestricted electives to strengthen your resume.