Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts is not a discipline, but a way of thinking.  It has historically been the study of subjects essential for a person to take an active part in civic life. A Liberal Arts degree from Cottey is the perfect preparation for a rapidly-changing world. The interdisciplinary course of study reflects the College's deep commitment to women's leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness.

Liberal Arts students have more flexibility in creating a degree program than students in any other major. Graduates become confident communicators and independent thinkers and are prepared for nearly any career or graduate program.  They have skills employers most value, including communication, team work, and decision-making skills. Liberal Arts graduates outperform most other students on the GRE, which is required for admission to graduate school.

Liberal Arts major courses dovetail perfectly with Cottey's Core Curriculum, taken by all students enrolled in any of our bachelor degree programs. They will be exposed to a broad range of disciplines ranging from creative arts to computer science.

Global Studies Concentration

Enhance your knowledge of the world in a comparitive way by taking classes in humanities, social sciences, environmental studies and/or international relations and business.

Women's Studies Concentration

Explore topics of interest to women from a number of different disciplinary perspectives

Social Justice and Responsibility Concentration

Choose courses connected to areas of race, class, gender and environmentalism.

All Liberal Arts majors work one-on-one with faculty to complete a Capstone Research thesis.

Majors are required to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in French, German or Spanish.

Skills and Abilities

Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers about the skills/qualities they look for in prospective employees. A recent top five list included:

Verbal communication skills
Strong work ethic
Teamwork skills
Analytical skills

A Liberal Arts degree is tailor-made to hone all of these skills as well as other desired attributes including:

Critical thinking
Effective writing
Global awareness
Cultural sensitivity

See also Cottey Law Scholars Program.

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