The term “liberal arts” comes from the Latin artes liberales, which might be translated as “skills for living fully and freely.” Traditionally this has been understood to mean particular content, but more recently it has come to be appreciated as a particular way of asking questions and looking at the world. It is the foundation for any education worth having.
Obviously, what you study has a large role in determining your intellectual and spiritual growth, but it also has implications for your professional trajectory. In his book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, Michael S. Roth describes the situation (and the challenge) well:
The pace of change in American higher education has never been faster, and the ability to shape change and seek opportunity has never been more valuable. Our rapid search engines can only do so much: If we want to push back against inequality and enhance the vitality of our culture and economy, we need pragmatic liberal education.
Here’s a link to an excerpt from his book.
Here are also some testimonials from business leaders about how the liberal arts prepare students for the working world.