Essay on The Dean 's Lecture As A Liberal Arts Education

784 Words Oct 18th, 2015 4 Pages
The Dean’s Lecture was presented by Dr. Nugent, who has been the President of multiple liberal arts college as well as a long time educator. She elaborated on the positives of a liberal arts education through five paradoxical questions. These were her five questions: 1) What does liberal arts mean? 2) What is a liberal arts education? 3) Is a liberal arts education useful or useless? 4) What can you do with a liberal arts education? 5) Is a liberal arts education different from a liberal arts college? She used these questions to make her full case for the good that a liberal arts education presents. To start off, Dr. Nugent defined liberal arts as the skills for living fully and freely after breaking down the latin roots of the words. In general, liberal arts advances a broad curriculum that does not necessarily prepare students for a specific job after school. Students are required to learn about a variety of subjects, usually social and natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. All in all, Dr. Nugent’s argument was very well developed. I agree with Dr. Nugent concerning the importance of a liberal arts education. However, the contrasting argument, of one that states liberal arts is unnecessary, is very valid though. Someone who might refute this importance could, first off, assert that Dr. Nugent represents a very biased point of view since she has lead numerous liberal arts colleges. Of course, she would have a natural predilection for this type of education. This is…

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