More than 90 percent of employers value a demonstrated critical thinking capacity over a degree in a specific undergraduate major, according to a new study by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

"No matter what careers students seek, their college education must equip them with intercultural skills, ethical judgment, and a sophisticated understanding of the diversity of our society and of any successful business or organization," said the president of the AAC&U board of directors Mildred García.

The study also found that almost three quarters of business and non-profit leaders surveyed would recommend a liberal arts education and that 80 percent believe all college graduates should enter the workforce with a solid background in the liberal arts and sciences. Employers also believe that more critical thinking development needs to be part of college education, with 75 percent reporting they would like to see more focus on communication, complex problem solving and applied knowledge in real-world settings.

According to career consultant Andrew Kay, students who major in liberal arts subjects such as English or Philosophy may find they develop an edge in desirable critical thinking skills that will make them attractive to future employers. 

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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