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Can’t Choose? These Colleges Combine Liberal Arts and STEM Education

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:48 PM

Who Says Liberal Arts and STEM Can’t Coexist?

As more families consider the ROI of a college education, the value of a liberal arts education in today’s world has been a hot topic. With many STEM degrees and programs topping lists of “highest paying majors” and “best college ROI,” many have waged a war on the liberal arts, pegging them as useless degrees that don’t warrant the cost. However, while a STEM degree can open doors to lucrative careers, many employers are finding that, without a liberal arts background, many STEM graduates lack the necessary communication, management, and collaboration skills that are necessary in the workforce.

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The Benefits of a Liberal Arts Degree

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

Liberal Arts Grads Have Skills Employers Are Seeking

Recently, the focus of the college search for many hasn’t been just finding the best-fit school for a student’s goals and interests – it’s also been about the outcomes that a college education in a specific major or at a particular institution can give students once they graduate. ROI has been a huge factor in college decisions lately, and that has been reflected in things like college rankings. This has left many liberal arts and humanities majors the punch line in a string of higher education jokes – but in the time of STEM and specialized majors, is a liberal arts degree really useless?

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College Programs for Teaching and Education

By Becca Huntting on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 03:02 PM

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  

While we celebrate teachers’ hard work all year long, teacher appreciation week is a special time to recognize educators going above and beyond. Teaching is a difficult, but extremely rewarding profession. Many colleges allow students to major in education and work towards a teacher’s certificate so that they may start a career in teaching right after graduation.  

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Unique College Majors

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

These schools offer students some of the country’s most interesting concentrations

While many students opt for college majors like business, history, and biology, others decide to take a more unconventional path in school. Interdisciplinary studies allow students to combine a variety of interests into one major, but some schools decide to create distinct majors on their own. Colleges across the country offer a slew of unique majors for students with highly individualized interests, and the list grows every year.  

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The Oscars: Colleges for Future Filmmakers

By IvyWise on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

Academy Awards presenters this year came from some impressive programs 

Sunday night, stars flocked to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet and see who would win the most highly-acclaimed awards in Hollywood: the Oscars. Stars like Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Lawrence were amongst those who received the coveted award, and this year, the Academy chose to celebrate the future of filmmaking by choosing six students to present the awards. The contest winners were narrowed down from over 1,100 essays and film submissions answering the question “How will you contribute to the future of movies?” With this opportunity, these young artists are already on the path to stardom and an Academy Award of their own. 

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Major Spotlight: Sociology

By IvyWise on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:20 AM

IvyWise intern Sarah discusses majoring in sociology

Want to learn about how social structures and institutions create belief systems, resource distribution, and identity formation? What better way to prepare for the professional world than by knowing how it works and recognizing where it needs reforming! Learn how systems of operations work, and become more conscientious of the world around you in the process by majoring in sociology.  

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3-2 Engineering Programs

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

Students Interested in Engineering and Liberal Arts Studies Now Get the Best of Both Worlds

Students interested in becoming engineers have traditionally enrolled in four-year degree programs at large universities with comprehensive engineering programs. These programs allow students to specialize in a particular type of engineering, such as mechanical, chemical, or civil. However, different paths for studying engineering have begun to diverge from the more traditional trajectory. 

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Majoring in Social Media

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 03:35 PM

Liberal Arts College Creates Social Media Major

Newberry College, a small liberal arts college located in South Carolina, recently announced an exciting new major to begin in Fall 2013. Next academic year, Social Media will join their curriculum as a concentration combining courses in Graphic Design, Communications, Marketing, Business, Psychology, and Statistics as well as original courses outlining the role of social media in today’s world. While many schools have begun offering courses in social media over the past few years, and some schools have designed Social Media Certificate programs, Newberry will be the first to university to offer this topic as a major.  

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Choosing a Major in College

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

Finding Your Best Fit Major When You're Already at Your Best Fit School 

In high school, I had all the makings of a future English major.  My favorite classes were English and history because I could express my ideas through writing.  I served as senior editor of the literary magazine and wrote for the school newspaper.  My classmates asked me to brainstorm theses and edit their papers.  I was inspired and challenged by my English teachers, who supported and cultivated my love of reading.  Whenever I discussed my aspirations to study English, my friends joked about my future unemployment.

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Dr. Kat’s List: Colleges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

By Sarah Shanahan on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 04:07 PM

Dr. Kat’s List: Colleges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Do you dream of opening a restaurant, launching a tech start-up, or spearheading a social justice initiative? Are you excited by leadership and innovation? Do you see yourself as the next Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey? While there are many ways to prepare for an entrepreneurial career, an undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurial Studies may provide you with a strong academic foundation and the resources to develop the next great idea. Dr. Kat and the expert counselors at IvyWise have identified a list of schools to invest some time researching as you start your college search:

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