ERIC Number: EJ832327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Can the Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship Work Together?
Academe, v95 n1 p36-38 Jan-Feb 2009
Sequestered far from rough-and-tumble, real-world considerations, often viewed as too theoretical to be useful, a liberal arts education is associated with thinking and contemplation rather than praxis. Entrepreneurship, on the other hand, is almost always situated within the domain of business and involves some type of market exchange, giving it immediate economic significance. Critics maintain that entrepreneurship programs do little more than promote profit-driven, commercial enterprise. Liberal arts and entrepreneurship have a common foundation, but they have erroneously become defined as polar opposites within the academy; thus, the power and effectiveness of each have been undermined. The solution is for those in liberal arts and entrepreneurship programs to work together. The author suggests that by recognizing common foundations and objectives, liberal arts and entrepreneurship faculty can work together without driving one another crazy.
Descriptors: Business, Entrepreneurship, Liberal Arts, Educational Objectives, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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