“The skill set that I developed in a liberal arts context is still the skill set that I use,” says Bryan Samuels, a 1989 University of Notre Dame graduate with a degree in economics. “There’s a big part of economics that’s about statistics and analytical methods, and ultimately I found a great affinity to them.”
Samuels is the executive director of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. He is the former commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He appreciates how the liberal arts experience can challenge students to reevaluate the world around them.
“The liberal arts education…has the power of not only making the world bigger, but helping you understand the behavior of others, and I think in the end, gives you a level of empathy and intellectual honesty that you really can’t find anywhere else.”
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