Dean Haddad, Liberal Arts Grads Speak to MPBN About Value of Degrees

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Emily Haddad, dean of the University of Maine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and several graduating students of the college for the report “UMaine’s liberal arts grads take uncertain future in stride.” Students Cameron Dwyer, Marlee Huston, Taylor Cunningham, Ciarán Coyle and Nellie Kelly spoke about the value of their liberal arts degrees and career goals. “I think in any discipline, you need creativity. You need critical thinking,” said Cunningham, an English and anthropology double major with a minor in folklore. “And if you don’t have that then there’s something very severely lacking. So I think I have a lot to give in that way.” Haddad said people who graduated with liberal arts degrees during their peak earning period — typically in their late 50s — earn, on average, $2,000 a year more than people who had graduated with professional and preprofessional degrees.