A broad education in the humanities and social sciences, also known as liberal arts, was once the gold standard in education.
Producing independent thinkers, including several U.S. presidents, liberal arts colleges are under siege thanks to increasing tuition costs. But is such education worth it after all?
What Does Liberal Arts Mean, Anyway?
Liberal education used to be the only form of higher education that existed, as students were schooled in an array of areas related to the humanities, arts and social sciences. This kind of education was aimed at providing a well-rounded knowledge base rather than teaching a specific skill set related to a vocation or profession.
Today’s liberal arts colleges provide much the same type of training in which students take classes in a variety of subjects while focusing more intently on their own area of interest, all on a small, intimate campus.