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A liberal arts education is designed to broaden an understanding of the world, help strengthen problem-solving, and provide key skills needed for a successful career. Ashford University’s College of Liberal Arts delivers on this initiative. An alumni approval rating of 90% (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) stands as a testament to this effort. Thanks to 17 degree programs spanning a broad range of humanities subjects, as well as a number of student organizations and publications, those earning an online liberal arts degree will have the tools needed to pursue their passions while also investing in their future. Read on as we delve deeper into the College of Liberal Arts and explore the benefits and opportunities available to those who seek a degree in this area of study.

Breaking Down the College’s 17 Degree Programs

From history and cultural anthropology to sociology and homeland security, the number of online degree programs available to students at the College of Liberal Arts is reflective of the diverse paths students can choose to follow. As of this publication, there are a total of 17 degree programs:
 
•    AA in Military Studies
•    BA in Applied Linguistics
•    BA in Communication Studies
•    BA in Cultural Anthropology
•    BA in English
•    BA in Environmental Studies
•    BA in History
•    BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
•    BA in Journalism and Mass Communication
•    BA in Law Enforcement Administration
•    BA in Liberal Arts
•    BA in Military Studies
•    BA in Political Science and Government
•    BA in Social and Criminal Justice
•    BA in Social Science
•    BA in Sociology
•    MS in Criminal Justice

Helpful Tools and Resources

Students who attend the College of Liberal Arts not only have an opportunity to obtain a degree in a field they are passion about, but they also have a chance to surround themselves with likeminded peers and virtually interact with others who have similar goals. Ashford’s accessible online degree programs provide the modern tools and technology that can enhance students’ professional portfolios. In addition to two literary journals, there are four active clubs that serve to inspire and foster collaboration. 

Publication Opportunities

Writing and the creative arts are a major cornerstone of a number of the degree programs available at the College of Liberal Arts. Students have a unique opportunity to have their work published and reviewed by faculty, their peers, and others, thanks to Ashford University's literary journal, The Ash, and the Ashford Humanities Review. 

The Ash

The literary arts magazine of Ashford University, The Ash, seeks to publish “fearless and inventive poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art or digital media.” Published twice annually in October and April, it is led by faculty editors Dr. Michael Cooper and Adam Deutsch (editor-in-chief). The Ash has published three volumes as of this blog. Read the current and past volumes and submit your own work for consideration.

Ashford Humanities Review (AHR)

AHR seeks to foster intellectual and personal growth and provides a platform for students to have their high-quality, original, critical essays in the humanist discipline published. Led by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Julie Pedersen and six other faculty advisors, the collection of essays is published annually in September. Submissions are accepted September 1 through June 30. Read the current and past volumes and submit your work.

Online Student Clubs

Anthropology Club

Led by Dr. Kathryn Sorensen, faculty advisor and assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford, the Anthropology Club has been designed to bring students with an interest in anthropology together. Connect with the group on LinkedIn, and join the conversation.

Ashford Soundlab

This student club, which meets in a Canvas space, was developed as a place to discover and discuss new sounds. All students are welcome to share music they create and that they love with the Ashford community. 

History Association

Faculty advisor and a program chair at the College of Liberal Arts, Matthew Laubacher leads this group that supports the study of History at Ashford University. Learn more and connect with the group on LinkedIn.

Society of Professional Journalists

This organization believes it is the role of journalists to provide information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner. Its mission is to maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment, stimulate high standards, foster excellence, inspire successive generations, encourage diversity, act as the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists, and encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

Benefits of a Liberal Arts Degree

The College of Liberal Arts provides a broad range of subjects to study and a solid network of student-focused peer groups and publications to support students during their academic pursuits. While this alone may serve as inspiration to students considering a liberal arts degree at Ashford University, more often they cite the opportunities they believe they will enjoy after graduation as validation of their choice.  

Shellane Demarest is but one example. A personal trainer who also serves as a social media marketing manager for a Florida-based entertainment company she co-founded with her husband, Shellane enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication program at Ashford’s College of Liberal Arts in 2016. Fueled by a love of entertaining and a desire to become an on-camera television correspondent, she believes her degree will help her with this goal. 

“I think employers will think differently towards me as an employee,” says Shellane, who was accepted into the Honors College in 2017 after maintaining a 3.75 GPA.

Career Opportunities

A degree in liberal arts can provide the skills needed to pursue a wide range of career paths within the arts, social and public service, business, or education. Wondering what you can do with a degree in liberal arts? While the opportunities are almost limitless, here are a few common career options most often associated with some liberal arts degree programs:

•    Careers in applied linguistics
•    Careers in English
•    Careers in environmental studies
•    Careers in history
•    Careers in liberal arts

The term “liberal arts,” which comes from the Latin “liberalia studia,” translates as “worthy of a free person.” As evidenced by the variety of programs and career opportunities available, those who study the liberal arts may find a true sense of freedom in their educational and post-graduate professional pursuits.   

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Produced and edited by Erin Ansley, Content Specialist for Bridgepoint Education

REFERENCES
Ashford University College of Liberal Arts. Retrieved from https://www.ashford.edu/online-degrees/college-of-liberal-arts

Humphreys, Debra & Patrick Kelly (2014, Jan. 22). How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment: A Report on Earnings and Long-Term Career Paths. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Retrieved from https://www.aacu.org/nchems-report

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