A liberal arts education can be said to be an extremely well rounded learning experience. Not only does it introduce students to a wide array of thinkers through various readings and dissertations, but it incorporates the sciences, writing, philosophy, music, and technology in order to create important disciplines. It has been shown to foster creativity, teamwork and leadership skills alike throughout a variety of courses with a variety of learning goals. I’d say the freedom to take these array of courses is something only a liberal arts education from a selective and demanding institution can provide.
From what I have learned at Bucknell networking events and from soliciting donations from alumni of all ages, graduates from a liberal arts education can be found in leadership positions in all fields of study. I’ve heard from many employers that liberal arts students tend to pick up on things faster. I would attribute this to the fact that a libarts education isn’t devoted to teaching students one specific skill, but rather a plethora of skills. Post secondary education is the place I find suitable to focus and explore one skill set to do one job. However the skills learned at a libarts institution seem practical as a resource to pursue continual learning, to make critical decisions, and to be a driving force in innovation.
That said, I do not believe the success gained from an individual is based entirely on if they have had a libarts education or not – or any education for that matter. I do believe however that if taken fully advantage or, a libarts education can provide wonders for those who are presented with the opportunity to endure the fast-paced and demanding curriculum. I do not believe success from this curriculum can be achieved online, or anywhere other than a classroom setting. A libarts institution prides itself on having invoking professors and intellectually stimulating students who are forced to think critically either on the spot in class, in a paper, or presentation. Professors force you to deviate from your comfort zone and to analyze situations you wouldn’t have considered before. With this level of critical thinking, society can greatly benefit from students with a libarts background who have an interest in finding solutions to everyday problems, including everything from voting and business creation, to personal issues at home and in the community.