Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts at West Liberty University. As the intellectual heart of the University, the College offers numerous major and minor programs of study that appeal to students with a passionate curiosity about particular subjects and an interest in establishing fulfilling careers. The Department of Humanities offers majors in English, English Education and minors in French, Spanish, Philosophy and Religion. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers majors and minors in Appalachian Studies, Criminal Justice, Geography and Planning, History, Interdisciplinary Pre-Law, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies Education, Social Work, and Sociology. Many courses in the College of Liberal Arts also contribute to the General Studies component of all undergraduate degree programs offered at the University. We are proud of the quality of our faculty, our programs and, most importantly, of our students. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in one of our programs, please feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule a visit. –Dr. Robert Kruse, Interim Dean
Earning a Liberal Arts Degree: The Right Choice in a Changing World
Many students graduating with liberal arts degrees work in environments that require strong writing and communication skills as well as the creativity that is fostered in our humanities, social science and professional degree programs. In a knowledge-based economy, liberal arts degrees give students the innovative edge they need to succeed in a variety of careers, including employment in the non-profit sector. Our student-centered academic programs also thoroughly prepare those students planning to seek graduate degrees in their fields of study.
While liberal arts degrees have traditionally been popular choices for college students, the current job market strongly favors workers with the versatility, knowledge and skills acquired in liberal arts degree programs. The results of a recent survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities show that potential employers value the education that liberal arts majors receive:
- 93 percent of respondents reported “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate's] undergraduate major.”
- More than 9 in 10 stressed the importance of hiring people with ethical judgment and integrity, intercultural skills, and the capacity for continued new learning.
- More than 75% of employers want more colleges to emphasize five key areas: critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication skills, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
- Employers endorse educational practices that require students to conduct research using evidence-based analysis and to apply that learning in real-world settings.
For many of our graduates, the passionate curiosity that led them to pursue liberal arts degrees results in the skills and knowledge they use every day in fulfilling careers and as active and committed members of their communities.
Again, welcome to the College of Liberal Arts, “Your Doorway to the World.”