Remember that privilege of choice afforded by a liberal arts degree? It turns out that applies to more than just transferable skills. A liberal arts degree is the preferred degree for several graduate or professional degrees.
According to EDsmart.org, for example, the top 10 majors for law school do not include pre-law. They do include English, history, philosophy and other humanities degrees, as well as some science degrees.
Coupled with a solid LSAT score, these liberal arts majors are attractive to law schools for the educational foundations they provide. Specifically, these are abstract and logical thinking, reading comprehension and reasoning skills.
Perhaps more surprisingly, liberal arts majors may even pursue medical school after completing a bachelor’s degree program. U.S News & World Report notes that at least 19% of students entering 12 different medical schools in 2019 did so with a degree in either the humanities or social sciences.
The advantages of pursuing a liberal arts degree ahead of medical school are profound. For one, it’s a differentiating factor that will set you apart from most applicants. It’s also a good way to become a more dynamic and relatable doctor.
Does this mean pre-med students should jump ship on their biology degrees and major in philosophy instead? Not exactly. The majority of medical students do pursue majors in a science discipline, and everyone must complete the prerequisite classes no matter which degree he or she pursues. But opting for a degree in the liberal arts can offer graduates more options than they might think.