Liberal Arts Education, Going Global

  • Kara A. GodwinEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_219-1

Synonyms

Definition

Liberal education is both a curriculum and an educational philosophy whose central tenet is to empower postsecondary learners with a mindset and skill set that enables them to be critical contributors to a complex, diverse, and changing society (Association of American Colleges & Universities; Godwin 2013). The common understanding of liberal education is bound by three fundamental components: liberal education is multidisciplinary; it has a “general education” component; and it strives to engender elemental skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, communication, etc. (Godwin 2013, 2017).

Introduction

Liberal education, also known as “general” or “liberal arts and sciences” education, is both a curriculum and an educational philosophy. Its central tenet is to empower learners with a mind and skill...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans De Wit
    • 1
  • Laura Rumbley
    • 2
  • Fiona Hunter
    • 3
  • Lisa Unangst
    • 4
  • Edward Choi
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education InternationalisationUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  5. 5.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA