By exploring issues, ideas and methods across the humanities and the arts, and the natural and social sciences, you will learn to read critically, write cogently and think broadly.These skills will elevate your conversations in the classroom and strengthen your social and cultural analysis; they will cultivate the tools necessary to allow you to navigate the world’s most complex issues.
They are: Although major denominators of change, they are not singularly capable of transforming traditional modes of education.
Together however they have the capacity for calling into question whether or not a liberal arts degree is “genuinely relevant” in education today.
Instead, its goal is to make the student a well-rounded person who has the intellectual background to make good decisions in many areas of life, such as career, family, and civic responsibilities.
Some of the subjects typically studied in a liberal arts program include history, literature, math, philosophy, the sciences, religion, languages, psychology, and political science.
As President Christopher Eisgruber, class of 1983, stated in his 2013 installation address: “[A] liberal arts education is a vital foundation for both individual flourishing and the well-being of our society.” We hope you will take time to explore how a commitment to the liberal arts is part of what makes Princeton special.
Consider our 30 concentrations and 50 certificate programs; discover the research conducted by our distinguished faculty; engage with the range of superlative visiting scholars and artists we invite to campus each year; and imagine the quality of conversations you’ll be able to have with your professors and your peers.Liberal Arts and Sciences is a highly-competitive and popular course for several reasons: As such, the admissions essay ensures we only make offers to the brightest and most exceptional applicants.You will be asked to submit a 1000-word essay in response to one of three questions.Unfortunately, the humanities have taken a back seat to the academic demands of students who want an education that prepares them for immediate success in careers that are currently widely available and that offer substantial wages.Unless students are prompted to consider the humanities for the primary and traditional objective of broadening intellectual horizons, it is fair to assume that it will not be broadly embraced as a degree of choice.The only institutions that will survive the challenges presented to the humanities will those institutions that have “the courage to re-imagine and reinvent themselves and so find a place of intellectual and social relevance on the beachhead of the twenty-first century”.Liberal arts degrees have been subject to change well before the new millennium, with American colleges and universities dealing with the social, economic and cultural challenges brought by major financial fluctuations, periods of and innovative education policies like the GI Bill.These were the things the Greeks thought a free man ought to know, thus the term “liberal” as in liberty.In Roman times, four more topics were added: mathematics, geometry, astronomy, and music.Today, “liberal arts” refers to the broad-based education one gets at a traditional four-year college.It is different from a vocational education because it does not prepare the student for a particular career.