Liberal arts graduates are not destined for mediocrity. In fact, according to the latest study from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, their skills are amongst the most prized by employers. According to them, classics, philosophy and other liberal arts majors earn top salaries and stand out from their peers — a fact proven by Christendom’s own alumni.

Kiplinger’s, which frequently ranks Christendom as one of the top liberal arts colleges in America, studied data from 102 popular college majors for their latest report, specifically looking for the highest-earning graduates based on a major. From that study, graduates with classics and philosophy degrees were ranked amongst the highest-earning for liberal arts graduates because of the critical thinking skills they gained from their studies.

“Sure, the study of ancient Greek and Roman culture might not seem exactly applicable in the modern job market, but the level of critical thinking and research skills required to do it is highly marketable in a wide range of industries,” says Kiplinger’s. “It turns out that the study of examining life can be worth quite a bit in earnings potential [as well]. Despite what you might think, philosophy majors tend to pull in above-average incomes throughout their careers. And why not? Philosophy literally means ‘love of wisdom,’ and these majors learn to think creatively, solve problems and consider the big picture when making decisions—abilities highly valued across industries and in a wide variety of occupations.”

These soft skills are often the difference between a good employee and a great one. Learning practical skills is important, but leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills are often much tougher to teach. For that reason, the liberal arts are essential — a fact that even investor Mark Cuban pointed out to Bloomberg.

Christendom alumni, with majors in philosophy, theology, classics, math, literature, history, and political science are just as successful. From medicine to law, from marketing to business, they can be found everywhere, using their Catholic liberal arts education to impact the workforce, their communities, and beyond.

To read the whole article from Kiplinger’s, click here.

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