The Importance of the Liberal Arts: Revisited


I wanted to revisit this early post on the importance of the Liberal Arts.

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I was looking over some of my early blogposts, and I decided I wanted to repost this piece about the Liberal Arts and their importance.

I had a piece published in the “Education Guide” of the Sunday, 2/15/15, edition of The Morning Call, the largest newspaper in the Lehigh Valley, PA. I am very proud of have the article in the paper, because I am very proud to be part of the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

The Wescoe School is the name of the adult college program for Muhlenberg College. In this school, adults are able to gain full Bachelor degrees in a variety of majors and programs as well as certificate of study if they are focused on one specific area. I have been teaching college English courses for many years, and I have been an adjunct instructor at many colleges, but I…

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7 thoughts on “The Importance of the Liberal Arts: Revisited

  1. No amount of underemployment will ever make me regret my English BA… in fact, just because I can’t YET figure out what to do with myself doesn’t mean I don’t realize that when I DO figure it out, I will be USING what that degree taught me!

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  2. In some ways, I feel like the Liberal Arts are more ‘realistic’ the sciences – at least those sciences that focus on understanding human behavior. Isolating specific variables and investigating their influence on human behavior is valuable, but such factors are never truly isolated outside of the laboratory. In addition, humans are inherently subjective creatures. Therefore I sometimes question all the abstraction that goes into ‘objectifying’ variables that were never meant to be objective. The Liberal Arts are much more honest about the subjective nature of human beings, which gives them a powerful insight into our true motivations.

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