Studies show that employers are looking for the types of skills taught in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: creative and critical thinking, the ability to analyze, and strong oral and written communication skills.
Employers want the skills taught in the social sciences and humanities:
Many employers are not looking for a specific degree. They want to hire applicants with broad perspectives, analytical abilities, and communication skills. These are precisely the skills taught in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
A national survey of business and nonprofit leaders by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems reveals (the following bullets are direct quotations from the report):
A student in the Humanities and Social Sciences “acquires skills that are fundamental not only to success in academia, but also in business. The suite of valuable skills includes: Strong analytical skill, exceptional oral and written communication skills,
detail-oriented approach, experience presenting research and using technology to do so, skills for working independently, excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, an ability to meet deadlines in fast-paced environments, [and] systemic understanding
of human institutions.”
All charts above from It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success,
a national survey of business and nonprofit leaders done by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.