What is a Liberal Arts Degree ?

When students begin to think about their career future, they may be confronted with terms such as “Liberal Arts Colleges” and “research universities”. Colleges and universities are often proud of their status but what is the difference between the two ? Besides the fact that Liberal Arts Colleges tend to be smaller than research universities and that the ratio of faculty-to-student is generally low, key features of liberal arts education are worth looking into. Students are offered a well-rounded general education, critical thinking and writing skills. These colleges strive to help students think about topics from an interdisciplinary perspective and usually have fewer options for majors, courses and programs. When job market professionnals are asked about the added value of a Liberal Arts Degree, the majority reply that a well-rounded education with a range of abilities is more important than having industry expertise because job-specific skills can be learned at work. Widely represented in the anglo-saxon world and in Europe, especially in Holland, Liberal Education is a very comprehensive approach, empowering students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change as well as providing them with practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. To learn how liberal education is adapting to 21st century needs, read this article…

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