STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are needed, however, should include a strong liberal arts and social sciences program to foster creativity, problem solving, and much more.
According to a Monster article, here are the top seven skills for 2018:
- Problem solving
- Data analytics
- Social media literacy
- Good business sense
- Willingness to learn
The above skills are woven into the liberal arts and social sciences. A liberal arts degree challenges students to think beyond their experiences, culture and what they know. They are exposed to social and personal growth development. They are required to select a major and a complementary minor (if required). The option to create their own major is also available to them (interdisciplinary studies - medical arts & sciences plan).
Articles of support
- STEM vs Liberal Education - HuffPost, March 2017
- Even in the age of STEM, employers still value liberal arts degrees - Daily News, April 2016
- We don't need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training. - The Washington Post, February 2015
What undergraduate degree will prepare you for the changing job market?
A degree that offers you flexibility to grow, challenge and apply your skills is valuable. You need to be willing to expand yourself beyond your comfort zone. If you know you need to improve your public speaking skills, UMD offers communication courses to assist you. Thinking globally? Take a second language course (i.e. CHIN, FR, GER, SPAN) or study abroad. Get involved with on campus programs, opportunities, student leadership, committees, etc. Get a job on campus or in the community to hone your job skills. Being involved will develop your time management, team building and work ethic skills.
Within a liberal arts degree students have the following opportunities:
- study abroad (short term, one semester, full year)
- undergraduate research
- teaching assistantship
- electives to strengthen or expand skills
These opportunities prepare students with problem solving, resiliency, adaptability, creativity and willingness to learn....and much more. If they want more, they can always select an elective course or courses to broaden their degree. These can all fit within the 120 minimum degree credits. Prepare a plan and schedule a meeting with your advisor.
U of MN resources (sampling)
UMD Swenson College of Science & Engineering preparation for professional school (dentistry, pharmacy, medical, veterinary and more)