What is a liberal arts education?
Along with a chosen major field of study, a liberal arts education integrates foundational knowledge of the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, which gives students not only an appreciation of disciplines other than their own, but also an opportunity for intellectual growth that is unmatched by any other educational approach.
Critical thinking, communication, both oral and written, and problem-solving are the cornerstones of a liberal arts curriculum. Students develop knowledge and skills that enable them to succeed in today’s constantly-changing and diverse society.
Why the liberal arts?
A liberal arts education gives students the chance to develop the skills necessary for success in their chosen career path or further education. Responsibility, independence, creativity, and ethics are all vital teachings of a liberal arts education. By learning and developing these skills in the classroom, students are better prepared to continue to refine these skills in the workplace after graduation.
According to liberalartspower.org, 80% of employers think every student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts.
Combining liberal arts and practical preparation at Mount Union
The mission of the University of Mount Union is to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship. By offering students an education that is grounded in the liberal arts and focusing on the key elements of producing thought-leaders and life-long learners, Mount Union students achieve this mission.
Integrative Core and Written and Oral Communication (WOC) portfolio
Mount Union’s integrative core and its accompanying WOC portfolio puts a strong emphasis on the written and oral communication skills that are essential for success in today’s workforce.
Mount Union students broaden their range of academic disciplines by taking classes in four foundational areas:
- Natural sciences
- Social sciences
At Mount Union, we understand that classroom instruction is only part of the educational process. To really stand out in the job market, students must obtain hands-on experiences. That’s why students at Mount Union are strongly encouraged, and often required, to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, service-learning, independent and faculty-led research, and student organizations.
We’re proud to report our graduates’ successes each year. Most recently, 99% of self-reporting members of the 2014 Mount Union graduating class started a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school, all in an average of 38 days after graduation.