The Liberal Arts And Education

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The liberal arts are becoming increasingly rare in schools and universities. However, Saint Catherine University makes it a priority to teach its students the core benefits to the liberal arts college. It requires students to take the course “The Reflective Woman” along with “Global Search for Justice” as an introduction and conclusion to a liberal arts education. Throughout this semester I became more knowledgeable on what the liberal arts truly are, honed my reflective judgment, developed my writing skills, and I now have a deeper and defined sense of self. Centuries ago during the Renaissance especially, learning the liberal arts were extremely important and deeply rooted in the education system. St. Kate’s requires its students to take courses in that are in the “humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and formal sciences” departments in order to receive a degree. My TRW class allowed me to be given the feel of English, Theology, History, and Theater classes and expand my knowledge of the four. If a college were to only have students take the courses needed for their desired major, they would miss the opportunities to broaden their horizons. This curriculum fueled my brain to think more critically and never settle for less. I became close to those in my small discussion group and we all grew academically together. An important attribute that TRW gives to its participants, is to sharpen one’s reflective judgment. Examples of this are shown in several of the assignments. Learning “The Dangers of a Single Story” like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stated in the short clip we watched in class. It seems that each section was based on this ideology. First, Dr. Carroll had us compare and contrast the stark different interpretat... ... middle of paper ... ...carried along with the others (Tatum 72). I once thought that not engaging in the racism meant that I was not racist. I know have become aware that in order to end this ridiculous way of thinking, I must be proactive and help teach them the flaws of their thinking. This whole analogy is extremely profound and I am deeply grateful to Tatum. Throughout the entire semester of “The Reflective Woman” I now realize how much I have grown as a person. This can be proven through learning the importance of the liberal arts, refining one’s reflective judgement, recognizing the strong points and skills in self pieces of work, and delineating the sense of self within are key things I learned in “The Reflective Woman.” Teaching the liberal arts may optional for some, but St. Kate’s realizes the awards for including them in its curriculum, and I am exceptionally grateful for it.
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