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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 employability 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)