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Have a question about the liberal arts at SBU? Contact the director of the Major Adventures Program for students who have not yet declared a major :

Dr. Barry L. Gan
Program Director,
Professor of Philosophy
(716) 375-2275

The Value of the Liberal Arts


Why choose a liberal arts college?

  • “Liberal arts college graduates report a higher degree of academic challenge, greater involvement in community service, stronger leadership skill development, greater benefits from high quality teaching-oriented faculty, and greater satisfaction with the overall quality of their education.

  • “Sixty percent of liberal arts college graduates said they felt 'better prepared' for life after college than students who attended other colleges, compared to 34 percent who attended public flagship universities.” — Hardwick Day consultant firm, 2002, 2011.

  • By their mid-50s, liberal arts majors with an advanced or undergraduate degree are on average making more money those who studied in professional and pre-professional fields. — Inside Higher Ed January 22, 2014.

  • In 2011, a report issued by the Center for Education and the Workforce stated that those holding bachelor's degrees earn nearly a million dollars more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.
Worried that you don't know which major field of interest to study in college?
A University with a commitment to the liberal arts is a great place to enroll -- especially if you do not know what major you want to pursue.  St. Bonaventure University understands the concerns of the undeclared student.  In fact, we celebrate the undeclared student with a special program that guides them through the process of declaring a major -- and keeps them on-track to graduate on time.

For more information about the Major Adventures Program, contact the director, Dr. Barry Gan.

If you are interested in pursuing an individualized major, please visit our Individualized Major Program.

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What our alumni say

Dana Di Somma, class of 2008
At the peak of their careers, graduates who studied humanities and social sciences out-earn other majors: “If I could go back, I’d choose the same major,” said Dana Di Somma, class of 2008, who was featured in a story by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.