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Varlotta, Lori – Liberal Education, 2018
In this article, Lori Varlotta, president of small liberal arts institution Hiram College, describes how she and her team have launched a systemic change process that includes modifying the entire academic structure: first-year experience, majors, core curriculum, graduation requirements, and student learning outcomes. Hiram's model for academic…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Educational Change, Models, Student Educational Objectives
Malesic, Jonathan – Liberal Education, 2013
The physical fitness required to perform complex athletic feats has a parallel in the intellectual fitness it takes to perform complex mental tasks. At the heart of liberal education sits the idea that moderate training in several disciplines is better than intensive training in just one. Through exercising students' abilities in interpreting…
Descriptors: General Education, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Ability
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Newell, William H. – Liberal Education, 2010
A mixture of integrative learning and interdisciplinary studies, appropriately conceived and well grounded in academic disciplines, constitutes the most effective education for a complex world. But how exactly should interdisciplinary studies and integrative learning be conceived? In this article, the author sketches a focused vision for…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Interdisciplinary Approach, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities
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Gilbert, Lucia Albino; Schuilt, Paige E.; Ekland-Olson, Sheldon – Liberal Education, 2005
As campuses across the country explore ways to strengthen interdisciplinary studies and involve undergraduates in research, questions emerge about how best to integrate existing course offerings and majors, develop curricular rigor and agility, and strengthen administrative coordination. This article discusses two successful initiatives to…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Undergraduate Study, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Descriptions
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Dressel, Paul L. – Liberal Education, 1979
The term liberal arts is defined and liberal education is proposed as a more appropriate term. Six characteristics of the liberally educated person are identified and curricular changes that would encourage the development of these qualities are proposed. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: Competence, Core Curriculum, Credit Courses, Curriculum Development
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Brooks, Richard O. – Liberal Education, 1986
Four ways in which legal studies can enhance the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum are discussed: the interdisciplinary legal studies course, radical revisions of the liberal arts curriculum, supplementary courses with a practical emphasis, and the legal studies program or department. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Peel, Malcolm L.; Nussbaum, Leo L. – Liberal Education, 1974
Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has developed a successful interdisciplinary program in liberal arts core courses, entitled "Introduction to Liberal Arts." The goals of the program, operational structure and curriculum construction are reviewed. (Author/PG)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Degree Requirements, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Weingartner, Rudolph H. – Liberal Education, 1979
Northwestern University's recently revised undergraduate curriculum is described. Six distributional areas of required study are: natural sciences, formal studies, social and behavioral sciences, historical studies, values, and literature and fine arts. The plan reflects the need for compensatory and transitional courses as well as for…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Students, Compensatory Education
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Schmeling, Gareth – Liberal Education, 1977
If society wants knowledgeable citizens who happen to value and to need a profession or some way to make a living, then for that society liberal education still has a vital function. The restoration of the humanities to a central position in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Florida is described. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: College Role, Conference Reports, Educational Benefits, Educational Responsibility