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    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecte adipiscing elit. Storytelling to Inform, Inspire and Entertain

    Stefon Greene ’14 is, at his core, a storyteller. Since his days as a student at Le Moyne, he has been moved by the power of a story to teach, to inspire, and to entertain in ways that other mediums simply cannot.

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecte adipiscing elit. Fulbright Award Winner

    Le Moyne senior Brianna Natale is heading to the Netherlands where she will pursue research on the effects mental illness has on pregnant women and their children through a Fulbright Scholarship.

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecte adipiscing elit. From Court to Classroom

    If the world is truly a classroom, there is no better place to learn about peace, justice and international courts than in The Hague, Netherlands. This summer, seven Le Moyne students discovered that firsthand when they traveled there as part of a program coordinated by Le Moyne College and Northern Illinois University.

    The Value of the Liberal Arts

    At a time when the value of the Liberal Arts has been questioned in our society, Le Moyne serves a critical social role. As we seek to educate our students as whole people, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens, we also strive to give them opportunities for professional training and meaningful success.

    For 500 years, the Jesuits have modeled a form of education that educates each student's mind, body, and soul. The Core curriculum provides the adaptability our graduates will need to pursue careers in a globalized and ever-changing world — and, just as importantly, as they identify their own sometimes unexpected and often shifting personal paths. Le Moyne graduates leave here with a strong intellectual capacity, a tolerance of ambiguity and the ethical foundation to succeed professionally and to thrive personally — all of which is our mission, and our privilege.

    At the same time, we offer immersive experiences for students that complement their chosen fields. Whether that means taking a trip to Broadway with the Theatre Arts department; interning in Chennai, India with the Madden School of Business; visiting Edith Wharton’s home in New England with the English department; or traveling to New York City with the Economics department, our students are garnering meaningful experiences that bear on their future plans and broaden their personal and professional scope. Experiential learning — through internships, travel and service opportunities — allows our students to compile the practical, substantive experiences and skills that complement their liberal arts foundation. Society wonders, "What can you do with a liberal arts education?" At Le Moyne, we believe the question is more, "What can't you do?"


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    Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask
    What is the benefit of a liberal arts education?

    While the popular narrative suggests that humanities degrees are somehow "impractical," business after business across many industries cite the desire to hire liberal-arts educated employees for their intellectual adaptability, creativity, and tolerance of ambiguity. Often, college graduates change careers not once but up to 6 times in their lifetimes. Liberal-arts educated students have the intellectual flexibility to adapt and change both personally and professionally.

    The question is, "what can't you do?"

    Employers cite the importance of the capacity for innovation and complex problem solving and the ability to write clearly.  Edgar Bronfman, former CEO of Seagram’s, writes that the one common skill that all business decisions require is that of “evaluat[ing] raw information, be it from people or a spreadsheet, and mak[ing] reasoned and critical decisions.” He adds, “The ability to think clearly and critically—to understand what people mean rather than what they say—cannot be monetized, and in life should not be undervalued.” In fact, he insists, “Developing and rewarding curiosity will be where innovation finds its future.”

    We have English majors who manage professional basketball teams; we have former business students who are world-class actors. The "major" is less pertinent, in some ways, than the skill sets students attain.

    In this globalizing age, language is no longer a luxury: a broader sense of the world we inhabit and the different cultures we encounter is a must-have in our interconnected world. At the same time, cultural versatility and intelligence allows students to adapt to changing situations and professional settings. Coursework in philosophy tends to be one of the experiences our graduates appreciate most--it grounds their ethical perspectives in fields such as business and medicine, and allows them to contextualize their professional lives within the broader realities of their personal values and aspirations.

     

    You're Hired

    "Employers readily identify the creative, communicative and problem-solving acumen traditionally associated with liberal arts majors as the most valuable attributes of new hires." - US News and World Report

    Our Core Curriculum Le Moyne's Core Curriculum is central to our Catholic and Jesuit mission of graduating students who are educated in the liberal arts and sciences, passionately curious, and actively engaged in the promotion of peace and justice in their personal and professional lives. Learn about the Core

    What Can You Do With a Philosophy Degree?

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    There is a joke philosophy professors roll their eyes at: What do you do with a philosophy degree? The punchline: Work at Starbucks But the philosophers are quietly having the last laugh.

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