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Why Liberal Arts?

Professor Perkinson, a caucasian male, instructing an ethnically diverse class

Rosemont’s general education or core curriculum is a collection of classes that all undergraduate students must complete over and above the course work needed for their major. While many balk that taking a math class as an English major or an art class as a pre-med student is a waste of time, they may not have fully considered how applying skills from one course can broaden their understanding of the other. Mastery of our core curriculum, ethics, math, science, and religious studies to name a few, develops intellectual skills that lead learners to feel comfortable in many fields. General education is at the heart of what it means to be college-educated. Our students practice how to communicate well verbally and in writing. They learn to analyze, to develop strategies for problem solving, to test ideas, and to put it all together in actionable plans all in the context of a broad understanding of the world. Rosemont College graduates studied how to look at complex issues and challenges from many angles and suggest ways in which to handle situations in a manner that may not be expected. Our graduates are prepared to handle careers that are just now being defined—ones that didn’t exist ten years ago.

 

The great debate is if a professional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is more important for our economy than one in the liberal arts. Many people think STEM guarantees a job right out of college where spending all one’s time in liberal arts does nothing but satisfy an inner passion with no specific career path in sight. But science and math are part of the liberal arts, and part of Rosemont’s general education requirement. And three out of five employers report that it takes both specific and broad knowledge and skill to experience long-term success. This is why our general education program and studying the liberal arts are more important than ever. It makes a person a better leader and team member, a more strategic thinker, and more marketable.