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The Liberal Arts

THE LIBERAL ARTS AT TRANSYLVANIA

What are the liberal arts?

Let’s get one thing out of the way — the liberal arts are not about your political leaning, nor are they about how well you sing or paint. 

When we talk about the liberal arts, we’re talking about an education that is as broad as it is deep, one that exposes you to a world of ideas and disciplines and teaches you to make connections between them. The abilities to make these connections, be a critical thinker and communicate effectively are essential in today’s rapidly changing world. 

This is where Transylvania comes in. Our nationally recognized liberal arts education offers an academic experience that creates well-rounded citizens who are prepared to take on the challenges of an ever-changing career landscape. This happens under close, personal instruction from professors who are uniquely invested in your success.

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Find your Program

Transy has 46 majors, as well as minors and pre-professional preparation, or you can design your own.

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Digital Liberal Arts

The DLA initiative supports your academic experience with tools and spaces dedicated to cutting-edge digital technologies.

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Value of Transy

The value of the Transy experience goes beyond a degree — it’s a lifelong relationship that continues to pay off long after graduation.

Do liberal arts colleges have majors?

Yes! In addition to gaining experience in a wide variety of subjects, you’ll get in-depth teaching in your major discipline from expert faculty. Transylvania has 46 majors and additional minors and pre-professional preparation, and all of them include the classwork, research experiences and internship opportunities you’ll need to stand out to grad schools and employers. For more intensive programs like pre-med and pre-engineering, we have a number of graduate school partnerships that allow you to pursue advanced degrees while studying at Transy for three or four years.

Are you unsure of your major or minor? There’s no rush to make a decision at Transy. Our students don’t choose their majors until at least their second year. And, if you can’t find a major that best suits your interests, you can design your own.

Your First Year
Your First Year
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
First Year Seminar
First Year Seminar
Graduate Partnerships
Graduate Partnerships
Academic Requirements
Academic Requirements
Peace Corps Prep
Peace Corps Prep

Postgraduation success, more than ever, requires a demanding curriculum that includes extensive writing, facility with data and statistics, and extensive opportunities for collaboration and critical thinking.

Steven Mintz
A Career-Aligned Major Isn’t Enough

Will I get a job with a liberal arts degree?

Absolutely. In fact, you’ll be better prepared for a lifelong career spanning multiple jobs. Today’s college graduates will likely change jobs 12-15 times throughout their lives, some with multiple career changes. You’ll have just as much knowledge as your peers from research institutions, but with the additional soft skills like communication, leadership and problem-solving that you’ll gain as a Transy student. These are skills that organizations and business leaders are increasingly demanding from the candidates they hire.

Our alumni statistics back this up — 95% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of earning their degree. They are innovators who are celebrated in a seemingly endless collection of fields, with employers as diverse as NASA, ESPN, Facebook, Bank of America, The Washington Post and the Smithsonian. Many of them did not major in their ultimate career field, but rather they gained lifelong skills that enabled them to identify their passions, pursue bold paths and find answers to questions that weren’t yet being asked.