liberal arts educationDo you dream of walking across the stage and receiving your college degree? But are you afraid your dream will fall flat because you can’t quite decide which degree program to pursue? You would like to work in information technology, but the thought of coding websites overwhelms you. You can see yourself working in the business world, but management is not your passion. So, you’re left somewhere in-between, feeling like you can’t commit to one specific degree program, right? Wrong. With the liberal arts education that a multidisciplinary degree can provide, you can earn your college degree while learning a variety of skills that will make you a competitive candidate for the workforce.

In a recent interview, Dallas Mavericks owner/billionaire business mogul/Shark Tank panel member Mark Cuban shared some bold insight on the future of business. Cuban believes that within the next few years, the business climate will be one that allows free and critical thinkers with a liberal arts education to thrive.1

At Grantham, we recognize the benefits of an education designed to help you understand current trends and market developments, preparing you for a successful future in whatever field you pursue. Here are three reasons why the Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Science degree could be the perfect fit for you:

1. You Can Gain Skills Universally Important in Professional Settings

At Grantham, you can customize your education to advance your career options in whatever professional field you find yourself. And because the skills you’ll gain in your core classes — including effective communication, critical thinking, and ethical and social responsibility — are universally important in professional settings, you could work almost anywhere.

In her article, “Tech leaders’ love letter to the liberal arts,” Sandra Smith, director of the Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership (EMSTL) program at Brown University, noted that for many of the business leaders she interacts with, including senior executives from Intel and Facebook, there is a shared value placed on liberal arts education.2

Technical training is an important aspect for success in many industries, but some of the most successful, innovative leaders don’t give credit to their technical training — they give credit to the skills they gained from a liberal arts education - leadership skills such as empathy, communication, creativity and critical thinking.2

2. You Can Tailor Your Degree to Your Specializations

As a unique individual, you maintain certain natural talents and skills. And the multidisciplinary studies degree program is designed to use a foundational liberal arts education to enhance and develop those very natural talents and skills.

As Cuban explained, “the nature of jobs is changing.”1 With the future of jobs honing in on what critical thinking skills and innovative perspectives job candidates can bring to the table, there is more room to embrace your individual talents to stand out among the crowd.

Grantham’s program provides course selections to help you tailor your degree to your specific specializations. In addition to broad-based general education, the multidisciplinary studies degree offers an "umbrella specialization" component. You can choose a specialty area within a larger liberal arts and sciences curriculum, which prevents you from ending up in an “in between stage.” You don’t have to delay pursuing your degree because your natural skills don’t fit into one specific academic box.

3. You Can Apply Your Liberal Arts Education Almost Anywhere

If Cuban’s predictions are correct, some of today's most in-demand skills, such as writing software, will eventually compete with liberal arts-based communication and critical thinking skills.1

This trend of liberal arts education-based skills becoming more marketable is not a brand-new concept. According to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 48% of college seniors who applied for a full-time job received at least one offer in 2014 because of the growing job placement for liberal arts degree graduates.3

Although a multidisciplinary studies degree may not be a golden ticket to easy success, these statistics and insights provided by industry experts prove the degree may be worth pursuing. Let Cuban’s forecast sink in: “I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors.”4 Do you want to be ready for that? Then you may want to consider Grantham’s Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Science degree. Contact us today to learn more!

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