The tradition of “liberal arts” is one that emphasizes general knowledge and the development of general intellectual capacities (such as reason and judgment) along with a stronger sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement. A liberal arts education is characterized by challenging encounters with important issues that provide a broad exposure to multiple disciplines and learning strategies in addition to in-depth study in one or two academic areas. Said in a different way, the liberal arts education seeks to prepare graduates to think critically and be actively engaged in civic service.
Undergraduate study is composed of a Core Curriculum and major and minor concentrations.
The Core Curriculum has been designed to:
- facilitate the acquisition of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world,
- foster the development of intellectual and practical skills and a sense of personal and social responsibility, and
- provide opportunities for integrative learning.
It culminates in a capstone project within the major area of concentration.
90 major concentrations in 27 Bachelor Degree programs of study are available for undergraduate study.