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Panel Discussion Touts Advantages
of Liberal Arts Degree
Approximately 32 students and assorted staff gathered in LCSC's Williams Conference
Center on Tuesday for the Liberal Arts Advantage panel discussion, presented by LCSC's
Career Development Office and the Division of Literature and Languages. The event featured
four LCSC educators who spoke articulately and persuasively in favor of the liberal arts
degree as preparation for successful post-college careers and lives.
Because real examples talk, the panel organizers handed out a sheet listing the current
occupations of thirty liberal arts LCSC graduates. The wide variety included police
officer, theater facility manager, sales director, ethnographer and many more.
All of the speakers stood strongly behind the idea that the liberal arts degree equips a
person to be flexible during a lifetime, to more smoothly make the several career changes
that statistics show most Americans will experience in today's world. An education giving
the student general knowledge along with the ability to reason, judge, and think
creatively is for that reason highly practical, especially since many employers plan on
giving new employees some training before they actually go on the job.
Quotable quotes from the speakers:
"A liberal arts education develops in the student a broad repertoire of skills that
have always been marketable and remain so today."---Dr. Chris Norden, Associate
Professor, Literature and Languages
"A 'good job' should mean rewarding as well as lucrative."---Dr. Larry Haapanen,
Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts.
"Reasoning and analytical skills are valuable in the work world; these allow you to
attack a huge problem one bit at a time."---Ed Miller, Chair, Division of Natural
"Study of the liberal arts gives us insight into what drives us, how to understand
others and how to pass this on to the people coming behind us. These things contributes to
success in a job, a career, a life."---Dr. Alan Marshall, Professor, Social Sciences