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Charged in 2007, the Liberal Education Reform Team adapted the American Association of Colleges & Universities’ definition of Liberal Education for our campus: Liberal Education is a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills and a strong sense of values, ethics and civic engagement. Characterized by challenging encounters with important and relevant issues today and throughout history, a Liberal Education prepares graduates both for socially valued work and for civic leadership in their society. It usually includes a general education curriculum that provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines and ways of knowing, along with more in-depth study in at least one field or area of concentration.

American Association of Colleges & Universities’ Resources

Academic Resources

Media Resources

Historical Resources:

  • Aristotle, Politics, Book 8, written in the 350 B.C.E., reprinted at  See especially parts II and III.
  • Seneca, “Epistle LXXXVIII: On Liberal and Vocational Studies,” written in the year 62, reprinted at the website
  • United States Congress, Morril Act, (An Act Donating Public Lands to the several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts) 1862, reprinted at, a National Archives website.  See especially Section 4.
  • Andrew West, “The Seven Liberal Arts,” originally published in Alcuin and the Rise of the Christian Schools (1912).