UM Liberal Arts completes student education with any major
A recent survey found that nearly 50% of college graduates who majored in liberal arts and humanities regretted their decision after entering the workforce.
We contacted the University of Montana’s Director of Strategic Communications, Dave Kuntz, who responded to this survey.
“What makes the University of Montana unique is that we are a liberal arts institution, but unlike other smaller colleges, we offer students the opportunity to gain this broad knowledge, but also to ‘be specifically qualified,’ began Kuntz. “So no matter what major a student is here at the university, whether they are studying humanities, journalism, wildlife biology or pharmacy, they are also taking this broad general education course rooted in our liberal arts history to make sure they are well prepared for the workforce in the years to come.
Kuntz explained the tools provided by UM to ensure that any graduate can succeed in their chosen field.
“What we have done to ease any kind of frustration that students or alumni have in terms of what they have chosen to study is by implementing initiatives such as Elevate U, which is our initiative work readiness,” she said. “So right now at the University of Montana, no matter what you’re studying or what your major is, whether you’re in the humanities or the sciences, the arts or business, we’re working with students for us. make sure in their very first semester that they get internships. They connect to the workforce. They get the resources that employers are looking for.
Kuntz acknowledged that the WR Franke College of Forestry and Conservation is growing rapidly at UM.
“So we’re really lucky here at the University of Montana that the College of Forestry is one of the fastest growing colleges on our campus,” he said. “It’s because it really works to solve some of the major problems in society today, whether it’s climate change or sustainability or making sure we have healthy forests and a healthy wood industry. We’ve seen students not just from Montana, but from across the country gravitate toward offerings from the College of Forestry, which has some of the fastest growing majors here at the University of Montana.
Kuntz named several other highly successful programs, including the UM College of Business.
“The College of Business here at the University has a long history of preparing people to enter the business world,” he said. “Some of the top business leaders in the state or region have graduated from this college. But we also have huge success at the College of Health. It’s really growing with new offerings here at the university, with a College of Humanities, and continuing to produce students at such a high volume who are also having a significant civic impact on society. As you know, we’re still home to the College of Education where we prepare teachers, Missoula College where we work to create those industry impacts. And then our College of Arts and Media produces some of the best journalists in the world.
According to the University of Montana website, the school enjoys a student-faculty ratio of 13 to 1, with an average class size of 30 students.
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