Keys to Liberal Arts Success

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9780130304834: Keys to Liberal Arts Success

Recognizing and promoting the value of a liberal arts education, this book eases fears about the job market and focuses on the larger benefits of a liberal education—learning how to think, appreciation of the problems of humanity, a broad perspective of what it is to be human, cultural sensitivity, and much more. The book provides a serious yet fun look at the marketability of a liberal arts degree and guides students on how best to apply and benefit from it. Chapter topics discus Kinds of Liberal Arts Courses to Take, How to Choose a Liberal Arts Major, Goal Setting and Time Management, Critical and Creative Thinking, Reading and Studying, Note-Taking and Writing, and Advantages Liberal Arts Graduates can expect in the Job Market. For students at college, on the job, and of life.

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Keys to Liberal Arts Success helps students understand why a liberal arts degree is a worthy academic pursuit and highly marketable in the workplace.

Based on the best-selling Keys to Success text, this book encourages students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills to reach their life goals.

Students are given concrete advice about taking liberal arts courses while they learn how to acquire skills to successfully compete in today's job market.

  • Discusses how to choose a liberal arts major.
  • Explains which courses will help students build skills required by employers.
  • Profiles liberal arts graduates with realistic accounts of the versatility of a liberal arts degree.
  • Features "The Ten Hottest Marketable Skills" and shows how liberal arts graduates get them all!
  • Emphasizes lifelong learning, enabling students to focus on success strategies for school, work, and life.

Visit our Student Success Supersite at www.prenhall.com/success
Features include:

  • Majors Exploration
  • Career Advice
  • Web Links
  • Tips from Successful Students
  • Student Bulletin Boards
  • Faculty Resources

About the Author:

Howard Figler, Ph.D., was Director of the Career and Counseling Center at Dickinson College for 12 years and Director of the Career Center at the University of Texas at Austin for 8 years. For the past 26 years, he has been a nationally known speaker, consultant, and workshop leader for numerous professional associations, businesses, nonprofit and government agencies, and colleges and universities. He has been head of Howard Figler, Ph.D. Associates since 1990. He is the co-author of The Career Counselor's Handbook (with Richard Bolles), three editions of the best-selling book The Complete Job-Search Handbook, three editions of PATH: A Career Workbook for Liberal Arts Students, and Liberal Education and Careers Today. He holds a Ph.D: from Florida State University, an M.B.A. from New York University, and a B.A. from Emory University. Please write to Howard at hefigler@pacbell.net.

Carol Carter is Vice President, Director of Student Services for the College Learning Network. She has also been Director of Faculty Development at Prentice Hall for the last six years. She has written Majoring in the Rest o f Your Life: Career Secrets for College Students and Majoring in High School. She has also coauthored Keys to Preparing for College, Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Career Success, Keys to Study Skills, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Success. She has taught welfare to work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars Program at the Community College of Denver, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. She is the host of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, a 26-episode telecourse to help students at a distance prepare for college, career, and life success. In addition to working with students of all ages, Carol thrives on foreign travel and culture; she has been fortunate enough to have been a guest in 40 foreign countries. Please visit her Web site and write her at www.caroljcarter.com.

Joyce Bishop holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has taught for more than 20 years, receiving a number of honors, including Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000. For five years she has been voted "favorite teacher" by the student body and Honor Society at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor. She has worked with a federal grant to establish Learning Communities and Workplace Learning in her district, and has developed workshops and trained faculty in cooperative learning, active learning, multiple intelligences, workplace relevancy, learning styles, authentic assessment, team building, and the development of learning communities. She is currently teaching on-line and multimedia classes, and training other faculty to teach on-line in her district and region of 21 colleges. She also coauthored Keys to College Studying, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills. Joyce is the lead academic of the Keys to Lifelong Learning Telecourse, distributed by Dallas Telelearning.

Sarah Lyman Kravits comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development. She coauthored Keys to College Studying, The Career Tool Kit, Keys to Success, Keys to Thinking and Learning, and Keys to Study Skills and has served as Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. In that capacity she helped to formulate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community. She has also given faculty workshops in critical thinking, based on the Thinktrix critical-thinking system. Sarah holds a B.A. in English and drama from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar, and an M.F.A. from Catholic University.

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