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Careers for Liberal Arts Majors: The Value of a BA in the Liberal Arts

This guide has been created to help liberal arts majors in their job searches.

About This Section

Included in this section are articles on the value of a degree in English, the humanities, or the liberal arts. 

Scholarly Journal Articles

"So Much More Than Salary: Outcomes Research in the Liberal Arts." New Directions for Institutional Research, vol. 2016, no. 169, Sept. 2016, pp. 51-60.
Fontaine, Sheryl I., and Stephen J. Mexal. “Closing Deals with Hamlet's Help: Assessing the Instrumental Value of an English Degree.” College English, vol. 76, no. 4, 2014, pp. 357–78.
Stubblefield, Trisha, and Kathryn Pivak. “Preparing Women for the Twenty-First Century: Cottey College's New Baccalaureate English Degree.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 78, no. 1/2, 2013, pp. 34–63.

Magazine Articles

Bradburn, Norman M., and Robert B. Townsend. "Use Data to Make a Strong Case for the Humanities." Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 63, no. 15, 2 Dec. 2016, p. A25.
Carlson, Scott. "What Gets Forgotten in Debates about the Liberal Arts." Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 65, no. 26, 9 Mar. 2018, p. 58.
Clemmitt, Marcia. "Humanities Education: Are Humanities Degrees Worth the Cost?" CQ Researcher, 6 Dec. 2013.
Jay, Paul, and Gerald Graff. "Fear of Being Useful." Inside Higher Ed, 5 Jan. 2012.
Linishi, Jack. "10 CEOs Who Prove Your Liberal Arts Degree Isn't Worthless." Time, 23 July 2015.
Paxson, Christina H. "The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities." The New Republic (online ed.) 20 Aug. 2013.
Pinkus, Ari. "Liberal Arts Majors Prepare Students for Long-Term Career Success, New Report Says." Independent School, vol. 73, no. 4, Summer 2014, p. 5.
Schroth, Raymond A. “Saving the Humanities: The Liberal Arts under Fire.” America, vol. 209, no. 19, Dec. 2013, pp. 21–24.
Stoller-Lindsey, Nina. "Here's Why We're Underestimating the Value of English Majors." Forbes (online ed.) 26 July  2017.

Blog and Web Site Articles

"Liberal Arts & Humanities." College Consensus, 2019.
Karch, Anna. "In Defense of Majoring in English." Her Campus, 29 January 2020.

Wlodarski, Jonathan.  "What Can You Do with an English Degree?" Best Colleges, 22 Nov. 2019.

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