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Goals of the Liberal Studies Program

  • Liberal Studies provides the broad vision and understanding that enable individuals to enjoy full, rich lives and to play constructive roles in their communities.

    The goals for Liberal Studies include:

    • the development of important modes of thinking and intellectual skills: critical thinking, literacy, understanding numerical data, historical consciousness, scientific inquiry, ethical perception, and aesthetic sensitivity
    • the acquisition of a body of knowledge or understanding essential to an educated person
    • an understanding of the physical, as well as the intellectual, nature of human beings