Liberal Arts Explained
Liberal Arts is a hot topic and many people have questions what it means. We can answer these questions for you:
1. What is liberal arts?
Liberal arts is a unique system of education popular in America. In the liberal arts system, you study a variety of disciplines (for example sciences, arts, history, economics, business) while at the same time achieving an in-depth knowledge in the field of your chosen major(s). Liberal arts students have the freedom to choose areas of study, professors and curriculum; small class sizes and close interaction between student and faculty is the norm. In a liberal arts setting, the residential campus and rich and varied choice of extracurricular activities are particularly important.
2. What will liberal arts give me?
To liberate something is to set it free: liberal arts frees your mind and gives you the tools to take on the world! Your first year is one of discovery: you’ll master the basics of communication, reasoning, research, problem-solving and theory.
Liberal arts will equip you with a strong set of analytical skills, teaching you how to adapt and be flexible in an ever-changing global marketplace. Acquiring varied knowledge in the context of a sound value system will make you a more mindful and comprehensive person, while engaging your creative energy in an exciting exploration of self and humanity.
Liberal arts empowers you to actively shape your environment, improve society and give back to your community. It has the potential to liberate personalities, transform lives and lay the foundations of social justice.
3. So, is it just for arts students?
No, it’s not! While you’ll graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, our liberal arts majors include Computer Science, Economics, Business Administration, Mathematics, Information Systems and more. Here’s where you’ll find a full list of the majors and minors we offer.
4. When do I choose a major?
While you are able to choose a major right from the start, most students wait until they have spent some time exploring their interests - it is normal to wait until the second year.The General Education curriculum will give you an essential foundation for the rest of your time at AUBG. With this in place, you are more likely to follow a course of study which is a true match for your passions, curiosity and interest. And when you’re working in your zone of genius, you’re a lot more likely to have fun and get the results you deserve!
5. What’s so good about the American style education?
The American model has set the standard for the rest of the world. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 18 of the top 20 universities in the world are American. This approach to higher education is all about critical thinking, active learning and creativity. AUBG faculty create a full American educational experience here in Europe. We like to say that we give students the best of both worlds!
6. My parents want me to choose a career path now: what do I do?
Things have changed a lot since your parents were your age. The world of work is fast-paced, always changing and evolving. It is high-tech and connected. Every year new career paths are being invented! Although your parents no doubt have your security and best interests at heart, you can reassure them that the liberal arts approach will train you in being adaptable, innovative and ready for the new world of work. So now you know you can pursue two majors in AUBG at the same time.
7. Will I be able to get a good job with a liberal arts diploma?
Our alumni have historically done exceptionally well on the job market, regardless of which country they decide to settle in. Results from Bulgaria’s official university ranking system, published in 2015, reveal that AUBG graduates find jobs more easily and have higher incomes than peers who graduated from other universities within Bulgaria. Our graduates are attractive because, no matter what their major, they have top-class communication and problem-solving skills and can think on their feet: skills which employers love, and which are very hard to train recruits in once in the workplace. Finally, many students graduate with two majors - 69% of them in Fall 2016. This allows them to find jobs in a great variety of fields such as business, economics, journalism, politics, informational technologies and more.
Although students have majors and minors, the actual education they get at AUBG is much larger and more complex. The student’s educational capital’s portfolio – that combination of in-class and out-of-class learning - consists of class work, informal learning, network development, leadership activities, and personal development.
Liberal Arts education is becoming a hot topic worldwide. In its recent bulletin the U.S. National Association for College Admission Counseling dedicated special attention to the topic by publishing a link to the website Liberal Arts in Action, which examines the essence and benefits of obtaining a liberal arts degree. The platform advances a systematized, straightforward guide to the relevance of liberal arts education in today’s world, the variety of its practical applications and the comprehensive experience attending a liberal arts university involves.