Skills that last a lifetime
A liberal arts and sciences education from Mount Allison will teach you important skills that can help you thrive, both personally and professionally, in today's ever-changing world. You'll gain critical thinking, communication, research, and problem solving skills – and that's just the beginning.
You'll benefit from:
- the flexibility to explore a wide range of courses
- small class sizes
- hands-on learning experiences
- easy access to award-winning professors
- a close-knit and engaging community
At Mount Allison, our education is designed with one goal in mind: to give our students the best possible chance at a meaningful career, and a fulfilling life.
Employers need people with diverse skills
Increasingly, employers want to hire people with the kinds of 'soft' or 'essential' skills that liberal arts and sciences graduates are known for – like critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. These are also the skills employers feel many students are lacking.
Liberal arts and sciences graduates are uniquely qualified to fill this skills gap. Numerous studies also demonstrate that graduates in social sciences and humanities earn salaries comparable with graduates from other disciplines over the long term.
STEM fields need liberal arts and sciences
The increased interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields makes sense – technology is constantly changing and people who have advanced scientific knowledge are always needed. But there's also increased demand for communicators, problem-solvers, and people with a thorough understanding of human nature.
Even in STEM fields, employers need people who know how to sell products, communicate with stakeholders, and work with engineers and software developers to ensure that people's needs are being met. Employers want people who can make sound decisions and think critically. Essentially, they want people with transferable skills that apply to almost every situation.
At Mount Allison, your educational experience will extend well beyond the pages of your textbooks. You'll have a range of opportunities for hands-on learning and on-the-job experience, through:
- research projects
- case studies
- student conferences
- field work
- recitals and art exhibits
- independent study
- Liberal arts degrees are a good investment (Universities Canada)
- Liberal arts is the future of work (Globe & Mail)
- Liberal arts in the data age: the future of the tech industry (Harvard Business Review)
- The career value of the humanities and liberal arts (Inquiries Journal)
- In the age of STEM, employers value a liberal arts degree (NY Daily News)