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Allison, Chris – Liberal Education, 2019
Chris Allison was working as a public relations executive, and had no formal business training when his father phoned and asked him to take over the reins of his Pittsburgh telecom equipment business. His father needed to focus his energies on his other business which was struggling. Because of his Liberal Arts background Allison knew exactly what…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Telecommunications, Administrator Role, Business Administration
Sheppard, Gilda; Zaragoza, Anthony – Liberal Education, 2018
An interdisciplinary liberal arts program can prompt innovative ideas and self-discovery when fired in a kiln of social and economic justice fueled by high-impact practices. Developing learning communities, internships, group projects, local-to-global learning, community-based service learning, and capstone projects can enhance education and…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Public Colleges, Adult Education, Liberal Arts
Varlotta, Lori – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, Lori Varlotta, president of small liberal arts institution Hiram College, describes how she and her team have launched a systemic change process that includes modifying the entire academic structure: first-year experience, majors, core curriculum, graduation requirements, and student learning outcomes. Hiram's model for academic…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Change, Models, Student Educational Objectives
Malesic, Jonathan – Liberal Education, 2013
The physical fitness required to perform complex athletic feats has a parallel in the intellectual fitness it takes to perform complex mental tasks. At the heart of liberal education sits the idea that moderate training in several disciplines is better than intensive training in just one. Through exercising students' abilities in interpreting…
Descriptors: General Education, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Ability
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Shannon, Christine – Liberal Education, 2010
Computer science and the liberal arts have much to offer each other. Yet liberal arts colleges, in particular, have been slow to recognize the opportunity that the study of computer science provides for achieving the goals of a liberal education. After the precipitous drop in computer science enrollments during the first decade of this century,…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Computer Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Computer Science
Nikitina, Svetlana – Liberal Education, 2009
Scholarship and teaching in the humanities can sometimes be overly self-referential. Rather than foster citizenship and social engagement, undergraduate literature classes are often limited to exercises in textual interpretation as students learn to compare and contrast formal devices and thematic motifs. The step from analyzing verbal polyphony…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Information Transfer, Teaching Experience, Humanities
Liberal Education, 2009
Study in language, literature, and culture has long been a defining feature of education in the liberal arts. Speaking, reading, and writing have traditionally stood at the heart of education because the arts of language and the tools of literacy are key qualifications for full participation in social, political, economic, and cultural life. Today…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Cultural Literacy, Cultural Awareness, Academic Achievement
Liberal Education, 2009
At a time when leaders in higher education are increasingly asking students to engage the large issues of life's meaning and to think critically and responsibly about their role in the world, religious studies offers unique opportunities. Other disciplines such as philosophy, literature, and the creative arts doubtlessly engage questions of…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, General Education, Religion, Philosophy
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Arenella, Lynn S.; Davi, Angelique M.; Veeser, Cyrus R.; Wiggins, Roy A., III – Liberal Education, 2009
At Bentley College, a four-year private institution located in Waltham, Massachusetts, over 90 percent of students major in business disciplines. For decades, Bentley's strong arts and sciences departments have battled for a place within an overwhelmingly career-focused curriculum, and great strides have been made to change the traditional…
Descriptors: Workshops, Sciences, Science Education, Liberal Arts
Kleinberg, Ethan – Liberal Education, 2008
In today's competitive college market, "interdisciplinary studies" are a major selling point for colleges and universities. Yet, on closer examination, it is apparent that the academic structure and place of the majority of interdisciplinary programs, departments, and centers are not substantially different from the academic disciplines,…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational History, Liberal Arts
Reinsmith, William A. – Liberal Education, 2006
The great naturalist Edward O. Wilson's (1998) recent plea for the "consilience" of knowledge should strike a chord in the heart of every generalist. Invoking the unfinished agenda of the Enlightenment, Wilson has called for a rapprochement among the several branches of learning so that they can be viewed as interrelated and constituting a whole.…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Teaching (Occupation), Experience, Rewards
Chew, E. Byron; McInnis-Bowers, Cecilia – Liberal Education, 2004
Business educators and colleagues in the liberal arts have not found the ideal bridge, from the student's perspective, that provides a meaningful connection between the two domains. Over the years, challenges to effectively bridge the divide between liberal arts and business have come from leaders in education, the professional business community,…
Descriptors: Business Education, Liberal Arts, General Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Schmeling, Gareth; Homan, Sidney – Liberal Education, 1984
Would-be lawyers would be well served by undergraduate study of the humanities. Law is by nature a humanistic discipline, and a law student who studies the humanities thoroughly could acquire the discipline to find the riches of value and meaning in law because he will have brought those riches to the law. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Educational Benefits, Higher Education, Humanistic Education
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Welch, Edwin H. – Liberal Education, 1984
Liberal education, like a scarab, appears simple but is very complex, linking many fields of learning. It impels students to view the critical relationships in their world and enables them to feel, create, and understand, combining the characteristics of each discipline into an ability to understand the world and shape it. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Role, Deduction, Higher Education, Induction
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Hindern, Michael – Liberal Education, 1984
Educators must reinforce the distinction between the first 2 years of college education, to be reserved for general education, and the second two, in which specialization is appropriate. This might mean only loosening some requirements. In addition, more broad-based introductory courses should be provided for students to choose from. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Educational Trends, General Education
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