Liberal Education

Liberal education is an approach to UG education that promotes the integration of learning across both the curriculum and co-curriculum, as well as between experiential and academic learning, as a means of developing specific learning outcomes essential for citizenship, work, and life in general.

Liberal education is a system suitable for the cultivation of a free human being and is based on the medieval concept of the liberal arts. It is more or less described as a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with transferable skills and broad knowledge, and a stronger sense of ethics, civic engagement, and values, characterized by challenging encounters and important issues. It is more a way of studying than it is a specific course or field of study. Generally pluralistic and global in scope, it may include a general education curriculum providing broad exposure to several disciplines and learning strategies in addition to in-depth study in at least one area of academics.

The decline of liberal education can be attributed to mobilization during the Second World War. The emphasis placed on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics caused a shift away from a liberal concept of higher education. However, it became central to much UG education in the United States in the middle of the 20th century, and has been conspicuous in the general education movement. 


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