Liberal Arts Education And Liberal Education Essays

761 Words Aug 31st, 2015 4 Pages
In the 17th century, a liberal arts education consisted of the following courses: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. The only people who got to partake in this form of education were the male aristocrats; if the word “liberal” is broken down, it can mean “to grow,” “one grows,” or “free.” (Cronon, 1998) What good is liberal education if only a particular group of people benefits from this enlightenment and not everyone? Today, a lot of schools claim to offer a liberal arts education, but what they do not do is lay out what exactly they are offering or requiring their students to do. Many liberal arts schools, today, require a total number of credit hours, composition courses, a pre-calculus math, a foreign language, a humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences courses along with having a major discipline. (Cronon, 1998) All of that sounds great, but there should be more depth to it than that. Just like Cronon said, a liberal arts education should “stir the heart or inspires the soul (Cronon, 1998, p. 2).” A liberal arts education should make the world want to take action. Cronon believes that there are certain qualities that students should acquire that truly classify them as being liberally educated. Students of a liberal arts education should not only hear, but also listen to others and the world around them. These students should read a lot and understand what they have read. Reading should spark a curiosity within them to…

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