5 Q&As: The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education

Cumberland University’s curriculum intersects traditional liberal arts values with modern practical approaches. Find out more about the liberal arts curriculum at CU:

1. What kind of coursework is included in liberal arts curriculum?

Coursework associated with liberal arts curriculum is designed to provide students a well-round background in a variety of subjects ranging from the humanities to the sciences.

2. Will I be able to study in the science and professional fields at a liberal arts school?

Yes! Many modern liberal arts schools provide degree options that include the combination of applied skills with theoretical ideologies. Cumberland University has over 100 programs of study through three colleges: The Labry School of Science, Technology & Business, The School of Humanities, Education & the Arts and The Rudy School of Nursing & Health Professions.

3. What can I expect from the liberal arts education at CU?

At Cumberland, core liberal arts curriculum is incorporated into all programs of study. Students can expect to receive an education rooted in liberal arts concepts while also providing them practical skills and knowledge necessary for their designated career field.

4. How will liberal arts skills transfer to the workplace?

Liberal Arts courses promote the development of “soft skills” or abilities that enable individuals to work well with others, communicate effectively and perform meaningful work. Imagine this: You’re a business professional and your boss has tasked you with writing a proposal for a major client. Through skills developed in liberal arts English classes, you’re equipped with writing capabilities to produce a concise and creative proposal. This allows you to stand out to your employer.

5. How can I market my liberal arts education to employers?

Employers find soft skills incredibly valuable as they can be an indication as to how job candidates will perform as employees or interact with team members. Employers value candidates that will work well with others, communicate appropriately and be well-versed in a variety of subjects. One way to showcase these skills to employers is to include them on your resume. During interviews discuss situations in which these skills helped you succeed in the past.