At the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA), it is our deep belief that critical thinking; language proficiency; and the ability to write succinctly, clearly, and persuasively are fundamental to the advancement of any career. The study of history, literature, music, philosophy—in sum, the humanities—not only enriches our existence but also strengthens and promotes our professional lives. When surveyed, employers list strong communication skills along with sensitivity to ethical and multicultural issues as qualities they seek in employees. Our key mission is to help our students capitalize on employers' current aspirations for "creative" solutions to their business challenges. We are your liaison between the pursuit of artistic ideals and their application in the real world.