liberal arts schools

<p>Tell me if this is true: liberal arts degrees don't do much for getting jobs, they are only good to get into grad schools</p>

<p>i heard pomona is #1 feeder for ivy league graduate schools. one of my reasons i want to go to pomona is to get good guide for medical school</p>

<p>some of the most successful people i know have liberal arts degrees. college prepares you for life. if you want to be an engineer or a doctor, then by all means, get the appropriate degree. otherwise, get yourself an well-rounded education, learn how to think, analyze, and express yourself. companies are looking to hire bright young people who will succeed.</p>

<p>I didn't go to Pomona but I did attend an LAC. By the time I went to grad school, I had held two professional-level jobs: assistant editor for a university alumni magazine/national journal and music librarian at another university. A liberal arts education provides you with the skills to think critically and successfully handle whatever you may encounter in life.</p>

<p>i did not attend Pomona either (my S is a freshman), but i received a top-notch liberal arts education. i landed a job on wall street which had me travelling the world using my education in languages and culture. a few classes in economics and accounting were enough. most of what you need in business is a sharp mind and the ability to absorb things quickly. business experience is not something that you acquire in college. you sharpen the tools that you need to succeed while you are in college and it is up to you to use them once you get out into the "real world."</p>

<p>I guess my main concerin is job oppotunities if I dont' go to grad school. </p>

<p>From what you all are saying, job offerings for a liberal arts student should be no fewer than a student with a bachelor's degree, right after college? (considering both students attended top colleges)</p>

<p>Also do more percent liberal arts students plan to go to grad school or professional school?</p>

<p>Can liberal arts students still become engineers?</p>

<p>hi, i think there are a few specific fields that you could not pursue by going to a liberal arts school, engineering being one of them. probably also things like accounting, anything else with very specific skills.</p>

<p>If I remember correctly, Wellesley students could cross-register for engineering classes at MIT, at least back in the 70s. Things may have changed since then.</p>

<p>Some LACs have engineering majors (Swarthmore, Smith, and some others).</p>

<p>Liberal arts students earn bachelors degrees, equivalent to bachelors from universities.</p>

<p>Fariburn, doctors do need (or should have) broad educations, and the MD is a post BA or BS degree in America, meaning a somewhat broad education is expected prior to med school. Also, engineers learn how to think and solve problems (although not so much about clear expression).</p>

<p>DRab, i agree with you. i was only suggesting the engineering students and pre-med students should take appropriate courses for those fields. i was trying to dispell the false impression that liberal arts degree "don't do much for getting jobs."</p>

<p>Oh, very well.</p>

<p>Pomona offers a 3-2 engineering program with Caltech or WUSTL (3 years at Pomona, 2 years at one of the other universities). Most other top liberal art schools have such a program. So you can still be an engineer if you go to a LAC - also, at Pomona, you can cross-enroll in engineering classes at Harvey Mudd, then go onto an engineering grad school program afterward.</p>

<p>Pomona is not the number 1 feeder, it's number 13. 6.35% go on to Ivy level grad schools.</p>