Liberal Arts Education

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Sandy Stein

IENG 031. 01

Spring 2009

Liberal Arts Education
Robert Harris’ article, “On the Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education” on page 1-6 of the website VirtualSalt (March 14, 1991), is written in enumeration mode. The purpose of the article is persuading the reader to think about the advantages of liberal arts education. The article has a positive tone because it is optimistic, and respectful. Harris lists several rewards of liberal arts education. First, liberal arts education can help you become a broad thinker. Second, liberal arts education gives you a chance to learn and empower you to discover the world. Also, it elevates you to increase your knowledge and teach you how to become a good leader. Finally, it shows the solitude of the Christian liberal arts education and allows to us to find relevant quotes for different topics. Through research, I have found evidence that corroborates one point of Harris’ article; in addition, my research has led me to think I have grounds to challenge another claim of Harris’ refuted by another author.

Liberal arts education helps us to be all that a person can be. An education in liberal arts can give a person many choices and opportunities concerning what kind of job he/she wants in the future. According to Harris’ “Once you develop good thinking habits, you will be able to perform better in any job, but more importantly, the happier life will be” (1), Harris suggests that liberal arts education helps to have a satisfying and comfortable life. When a person graduates from liberal arts education, he/she will get a gratifying job that will make him/her feel like he/she has a strong personality. Needle, Corbo, Wong, Greenfeder et al (2007) point out that liberal arts education is a good choice for the future to have more options for jobs, which they expressed in their article “Combining Arts and Science In ‘Arts and Sciences’ Education” published in the journal College Teaching on...
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