Liberal Arts Education

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When entering into college as a freshman students are required to take some form of a freshman year experience course. Many students are under the impression that this course will be a waste of time and most are clueless as to what the course will entail. Being in this course throughout the semester has proven those notions that the course is a waste of time to be absolutely false. One of the primary topics discussed during this course is the idea of the liberal arts education. This is an idea that an education should not only tech one the skills necessary to be successful in a given career field but provide the skills necessary for individuals to be more productive members of society. Higher education provides basic knowledge in a variety of subjects that provide will ultimately produce a more holistically developed person. The courses that are taken before students begin coursework in their chosen majors are what are referred to as the liberal arts education courses. The term liberal art is derived from the Latin terms “liberales” and “artes”. This term liberales means to liberate or to be free while the artes part of the phrase refers to skills. The translations for these terms provide meaning to the concept of a liberal arts education which is skills for freedom. Regardless of intended major, a liberal arts education plays a vital role in having success at the college level. A liberal arts curriculum includes subject areas such as: humanities, fine arts, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences as well as physical education and wellness. Liberal arts courses provide a broad base of knowledge transferable across every major that students are well versed in a verity of subjects. These courses provide the... ... middle of paper ... ...the natural environment are correlated and how to preserve the wellbeing of both are learned. Professions such as nurse, doctor or any other medical position require course work in this area. Social and behavioral sciences observe the way the humans behave in groups as well as individually. These courses encourage students to think about the questions of how human behavior and interaction can be predicted, controlled or improved as well as what causes people to behave the way they do. Some of the courses included in this curriculum include: history, political science, psychology and sociology. Physical education and wellness courses are important in teaching students how to best care for their bodies in order to maintain the best possible health. Some of the subject covered in this curriculum include: physical education, nutrition, sexuality, and drug education.
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