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The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree

Every Eastern student graduates with a major—a focused set of courses in their chosen career field—supported by electives and other classes. Regardless of their major, all Eastern students receive a broad foundation of academic courses that form Eastern’s liberal arts core curriculum.  This academic core is the backbone of an Eastern degree, providing students with skills essential to professional and personal success, including:

  • The ability to think critically and solve problems
  • The ability to communicate professionally in oral and written form
  • The ability to work independently and/or in teams
  • A commitment to ethics
  • The skills needed to succeed in a culturally diverse world
  • Information technology literacy
  • The ability to adapt to changes in the workplace
Those are the skills that American employers expect in the workforce.* 

91% of employers agree that for career success, “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major.

80% of employers agree that, regardless of their major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.

96% of employers agree that “all college students should have experiences that teach them how to solve problems with people whose views are different from their own.”

78% of employers say that “all college students should gain intercultural skills and an understanding of societies and countries outside the United States.”

 * Independent surveys conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities

At the same time, employers strongly endorse an emphasis on applied learning.



of employers think that requiring college students to complete a significant applied learning project before graduation improves the quality of their preparation for careers.



of students agree that an applied learning project increases their chances of being hired.



of all Eastern students have had at least one applied learning experience before graduation.

Eastern Alumni

David Ngibuini  ’14

David Ngibuini ’14

“The liberal arts helped me understand that there is more nuance in life. All of life’s problems can’t be solved with a line of computer code. Some need a human touch. Some need discussion. By learning about art history and geography and other things that don’t directly affect my job, I’m able to throw out examples that help others understand.” - Computer Science

Matthew Nemeth ’13

Matthew Nemeth ’13

Matthew is a professional saxophone player and business advisor with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center. “My Eastern experience not only prepared me for a professional career in music, but it also gave me the tools to succeed as a professional business advisor. I often lean on my liberal arts education to help me use a global perspective to better coach and mentor businesses that I advise.” - Music

Adam Brzozowski ’08

Adam Brzozowski ’08

Adam is the associate director of research analytics at C Space. At Eastern, he learned to “synthesize very long chains of interrelated thoughts, resulting from extensive research, into a coherent and informative narrative through writing. In the business world, and in consulting in particular, having the ability to think in depth about a topic is a foundational skill that, surprisingly, not everyone has.” - Economics, History, Political Science

The Liberal Arts

David Ngibuini ’14 is a portfolio manager at Cigna, the global health services company.  He interned at Cigna’s on-campus Technology Early Career Development Program while earning his computer science degree. In this video, David talks about the role that Eastern’s liberal arts curriculum played in preparing him for success.

David Ngibuini