What is the value of a liberal arts education? Many students considering college may be asking themselves this question. One of the main goals of this website is to provide resources to students that will help them to think through this question and come to their own conclusion about it.
A second goal of this website is to serve as a resource for faculty members who are interested in teaching a course on the liberal arts. While many faculty members have developed an expertise in the liberal arts, the humanities, or the sciences, often enough they have not taught a course on the value and meaning of a liberal education itself. On this website, faculty will find a variety of different resources that may help them design and teach their own course on the value of a liberal arts education.
This website was made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In the spring of 2012, two faculty members from Nazareth College, Scott M. Campbell and Marjorie Roth, received an Enduring Questions grant from the NEH to design and teach a course based on this question: "What is the value of a liberal arts education?" The goal of the course was to explore with students different perspectives on the liberal arts, from the ancient to the modern, and consider different motivations for the pursuit of liberal education.
The course was first taught in the spring of 2013. On this website, you will find the syllabus for the course, brief synopses of each of the texts used, comments from students (both on the texts and on the class as a whole), a student photo gallery, historical images of the 7 classical liberal arts, and background resources about liberal education.
There are many different reasons for studying the liberal arts, all of which were explored in the class: