Liberal Arts

Ralph Kuncl

What would Thomas Jefferson say? The mind and heart of the new liberal arts

In a statement that may sound similar to today’s media rhetoric, 93 years ago Thomas Edison publicly shared the opinion that a college degree is useless. Albert Einstein brilliantly retorted,…

Hunter R. Rawlings III

On the offense for the liberal arts

I am as tired of reading “defenses” of the liberal arts as I am of reading assaults upon them. To me, a liberal arts education needs no defending since the…

Should higher education produce happiness? Or should college focus on jobs and productivity?

Austin, Texas — In the midst of a passionate discussion about the future of higher education here on Tuesday, one young man stood up and wanted to know if the…

A liberal arts infusion pays off

When I left Illinois State University for a post at Bentley University three years ago, it raised a few eyebrows among the liberal-arts colleagues I was leaving behind and at…

How the liberal arts build entrepreneurial muscle

Virtually all of the people I have met as an entrepreneur have had good ideas, and some of them even had great ideas. However, only a tiny fraction of those…

Humanities majors don’t fare as badly as portrayed, new earnings report says

People who major in the humanities and social sciences don’t earn as much as their classmates in the physical and natural sciences, math, or engineering, but the gap is not…

Seeing in theory and practice: the impact of a liberal-arts education

As a college senior, I decided to round out my undergraduate experience with several courses in the humanities, including introductory philosophy. Among the concepts we studied was George (Bishop)…

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The enduring relevance of a liberal-arts education

The relevance, cost and value of a college education have been hot topics lately on various media platforms. The discussion often seems to be just an exchange of point-counterpoint broadsides…

Learning our own liberal-arts lessons

As a professor of communication advocating for the liberal arts, I recently faced a tough crowd. The admissions event was filled with prospective first-generation college students and their parents. I…

‘Life support’ for the liberal arts? Here’s why not

There’s a scene in Nobel laureate Alice Munro’s remarkable short story collection Dear Life about a poet married to an engineer who studied business practices while she read…

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