Liberal Education Essay

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING HUMANITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS: IN DEFENSE OF LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION

A Thesis Presented by Victoria Pleshakova to The Faculty of the Graduate College of The University of Vermont

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education Specializing in Interdisciplinary Studies May, 2009

Accepted by the Faculty of the Graduate College, The University of Vermont, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of niIaster of Education, specializing in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Thesis Examination Committee:

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Date: March 4,2009
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I would like to take different approaches in looking at teaching humanities to college students in this country, drawing from my own experiences in both Russia and US, my graduate courses at UVM, as well as works of those in the academia concerned with the same matter. I will look at how corporate culture of the university and research-driven education dictate the curricula in colleges and universities; how multiculturalism and political correctness that saturated higher education these days can influence the way humanities are presented, and explore the influence of humanities in our students’ making meaning of their lives.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my professors, classmates, and colleagues who have supported me on this journey through graduate school. First of all, I am thankful to my teacher, mentor, advisor, and friend Robert Nash for bringing the humanities back into my life, for allowing me to look deep within myself to discover what is really important in my life.

I am grateful to my classmates whose narratives opened up my eyes and touched my soul. Their individual stories were inspirational in writing this thesis, and motivated me to become an educator who can relate to her students not only as individuals acquiring knowledge while in college, but also as human beings searching for the meaning of life.

Lastly, I would like to thank the deans of the Continuing Education Department, Carol

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