Why Liberal Studies

The American Association of Colleges and Universities has completed a study to determine the top ten things employers look for in new college graduates:

  1. The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different from yourself
  2. An understanding of science and technology and how these subjects are used in real-world settings
  3. The ability to write and speak well
  4. The ability to think clearly about complex problems
  5. The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions
  6. An understanding of global context in which work is now done
  7. The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems
  8. The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings
  9. The ability to understand numbers and statistics
  10. A strong sense of ethics and integrity

The broad curriculum of the liberal studies program at UMKC will help you develop these essential skills.  UMKC’s location in Kansas City, a thriving regional hub for economic development and job growth, makes it an ideal place to put these skills into practice.  From nonprofits to nationally ranked hospitals to Fortune 100 companies, Kansas City offers numerous opportunities for professional development.  Our faculty, staff and alumni are well connected around the metro, making it easier for Liberal Studies students to make connections outside of the classroom.