Video: Arts and Letters Alumni on the Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Author: Todd Boruff

“My liberal arts education has really been a blessing in many ways,” said Chris Down ’93, vice president of design for Mattel, Inc. Down feels that his education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters gave him a significant edge in the job market.

Arts and Letters graduates find success in a variety of professions, across the country and around the world. “I was involved in and ran our recruiting effort at Goldman Sachs for a number of years,” said Bob Conway ’66, senior director for The Goldman Sachs Group, London. “An art history major was as valuable to me as a finance major.”

Arts and Letters students develop valuable, transferable skills—problem solving, data analysis, persuasive communication—all while pursuing their passions in the College’s 40 undergraduate majors.

“The skill set that I developed in a liberal arts context is still the skill set that I use to succeed in this job,” said Bryan Samuels ’89, executive director of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Samuels also appreciated the ways that his Arts and Letters education broadened his horizons. “It’s a powerful opportunity to see the world differently and to grow at the same time,” he said.

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