10 Notably Successful People with Liberal Arts Degrees

Madeleine Albright testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee September 16, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong)

The value of a liberal arts education is something many people tend to question.

In reality, reports - and employers - frequently indicate that a liberal arts education continues to prepare students for career success long after graduation. Employees who studied history, political science, humanities, mathematics and more in their undergraduate pursuits are often better communicators, analytical thinkers and more adaptable to excel in any given task. From supreme court justices to CEOs, political activists to media moguls, some of the most influential and powerful people attribute their liberal arts education as the launchpad for their successful careers. Here are a few of those people.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Motivation

What Accelerated Nursing Students Can Expect During Clinical Rotations

Nursing is a profession of lifelong learning and dynamic practice. Rooted at its core is the clinical rotation, where skills and knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to hands-on clinical practice.

Nursing students begin an immersive clinical experience in the simulation lab and classroom. After demonstrating proficiency in the fundamentals of nursing, students move into the clinical practice setting and continue to take courses that build upon previously learned concepts and skills. In Thomas Edison State University's Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program, every clinical experience is based upon an in-class curriculum, so a lesson in maternity nursing or mental health is mapped to a clinical experience scheduled in that area. Eventually, nursing students are exposed to a variety of experiences and can then decide to which specialty area they are best suited. Through this involvement, many find a specific nursing path is enjoyable and intend to explore it further.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

How Do You Know If You Need A Master’s Degree for a Career in Science and Technology?

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Humanity has a love-hate relationship with technology. Our growing reliance on new and updated systems, networks and products presents both challenges and benefits to our global society. But undoubtedly, its impact is a pervasive reminder of what we can do.

Technology is integral to modern life. As tech professionals, we are responsible for designing, building and applying scientific principles to meet the technological demands of our society. Whether we work in the utilities or healthcare industry, aviation sector or IT field, keeping up to date with the latest developments and predicting future needs is a critical part of what we do.

Application-oriented knowledge and specialized training is inherent in the field. So I understand when technology professionals question the practicality of a master’s degree. This is a fair question from people who are trained to inquire, examine and solve complex problems.  

Topics: Science and Technology, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

7 Booming Careers You Can Get With a Liberal Arts Degree

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Are the liberal arts still relevant today?

Are college graduates gaining the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce?

Today, educators and leaders are debating the effectiveness of higher education. During the 1960s, a national shift in outlook emerged, challenging the ideals of a liberal arts education in comparison to more narrow and specialized career-ready programs.

However, studies have routinely shown that students who pursued a liberal arts education reported having the most fulfilling careers. And as more and more people increasingly change jobs, these “soft skills,” (i.e. communications, problem solving, critical thinking and adaptability) inherent in a liberal arts education, have become the most desired by employers.

As it turns out, a liberal arts degree may be the best career investment yet.

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter Today?

Today, higher education is at a critical junction in the United States. As the nation considers cost, debt and the necessity of a college degree, one factor remains:  students must develop certain skills and abilities to be successful in our 21st century workforce. What is the best way to do that? Does a broad, liberal arts education still matter today, or are specialized, more narrowly focused programs what students and employers need? In this video, Dr. John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences, discusses the value of a liberal arts education – not only to provide students skills that are important to employers today, but also to be a productive member of society.

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

7 Secrets to Writing a Knockout Graduate School Essay

Even though it’s part of every graduate school application, it’s still one of the most common sources of anxiety for many applicants: the essay. Where do you begin? What do you write about? Even with a prompt or question to address, facing a blank page can seem daunting.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

Why You Should Ignore These MBA Myths

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) still carries a lot of weight and remains in demand today, in both academia and the corporate world. According to the U.S. Department of Education, an MBA degree is now the most popular post-baccalaureate degree in America. More than 450,000 students are estimated to be enrolled in these graduate programs at more than 1,000 colleges and universities throughout the country.

Topics: Business and Management, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

5 Growing Nurse Specialties That Pay $65k or More

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Malika Ibrokhimova, RN-BSN Program Student

People are living longer, healthier lives. And that’s good news for nurses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will rise faster than almost any other occupation in the next several years. Coupled with an increasing, global demand for healthcare services to provide critical care for an ageing population, the job market is attractive for new nurses, and especially those who want to grow professionally. 

As the healthcare system grows increasingly complex, specialized nurses with advanced nursing degrees are often in much higher demand. These educationally prepared nurses are finding opportunities to boost their careers – and their paychecks.  

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

What is the Bachelor’s to Master's Program and How Can I Be Accepted?

Topics: Science and Technology, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

What Does ‘Accelerated Nursing Program’ Really Mean?

Are you ready to change your life in one year?

If you’ve made the life-altering decision to become a registered nurse, you’ve chosen a dynamic and unique profession with many opportunities for growth. The good news is that you don't have to start your life over. Believe it or not, the non-nursing bachelor's degree you already possess can help you take the quickest route available to becoming a registered nurse.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing