Before I knew anything about a liberal arts education, I heard some opinions that this sort of education ” aims to teach you so much about everything that you don’t get the chance to focus on a particular subject”. While looking at Bucknell as a potential school I took that opinion with a grain of salt and likened the liberal arts education to my high school, in the sense that you were required to take a wide variety of classes aiming to make one well rounded. This was unappealing at first because it reminded me of pointless classes like art i was forced to take in high school. However, the name and prestige of a Bucknell degree was most important to me in choosing a school.
Currently I am on track to major in Management and minor in Religion and Philosophy. I think the concept of a liberal arts education is useful and if taken seriously can really help students become well-rounded. But, in my experience it has been used in a way that defeats it primary purpose. Often times I have used my elective courses as easy “A” classes rather than choosing a class that would potentially help prepare me for my career. This probably can happen at a school that is not liberal arts of course but this reality especially misses the point of the liberal art education. A possible solution is for Bucknell to do a better job at offering more of a variety of courses to students, this way students can have more classed geared toward their major available. If their were more classes available that were practical and useful to people’s careers that could potentially help this problem.
One course that stands out to me that I found particularly enjoyable is my technology elective. This elective was required for my major but I had options as to what class to take. I think the class was called Mgmt 240, I took it with Santanen the class basically explains the use and importance of technology within all companies.
In conclusion, I do not know if one can definitely say that liberal arts education is useless because of our shortsightedness. I do not know what will better prepare me for my career, or what random class introduce me to a career I never thought of.