Value of a Liberal Arts Education
What are The liberal arts? What do we mean by “Liberal education”?
WOU is a public liberal arts university, a place that infuses the benefits of liberal education into the learning of every student. Whatever area of specialty you choose, building your education on a strong liberal arts foundation will help you develop a range of attributes that employers seek and communities need. You can expect to develop your skills in areas such as:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Inquiry and analysis
- Clear and fluent written and oral communication
- Effective teamwork
- Ethical consideration and judgment
Encompassing both the sciences and the humanities, “liberal arts” does not refer to a political position, nor is it shorthand for “subjects that won’t help you get a real job.” Historically, the term derives from the Latin artes liberales, referring to the “works befitting a free people” (Random House Dictionary 2017) – knowledge of the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, as well as how to apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios.
All WOU’s programs will help you develop skills that enhance your employ-ability and prepare you to make a productive livelihood. Our focus on liberal education will also help you learn how to build a productive and meaningful life, working and living meaningfully as an engaged and responsible citizen in our diverse, rapidly changing community and world.
Wondering how and why a liberal arts education continues to be relevant and meaningful in our post-industrial, high-tech age? Read the interesting and informative articles below.
- Why America’s obsession with (just) STEM education is dangerous (Washington Post)
- In 10 years, the job market will look totally different (Washington Post)
- Humanities indicators (the state of humanities in the US)
Why a Liberal Arts Education May be for You
We are right for you if you are looking for:
- Close interaction with faculty who are committed to your success
- Learning that extends beyond the classroom to lab, studio, field, theater or community
- Opportunities to explore and prepare for careers through internships, service learning and research experiences.
- Skills strengthened by a liberal education.
See examples of student projects and research
- Browse original research papers, projects, artwork, performances, and upper-division course projects, presentations, and papers that were presented at this WOU’s yearly Academic Excellence Showcase.
Explore the latest happenings in the College
- See latest news from around the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.