"When I first signed up for this class, I was unsure what to expect. Through the study of philosophy, I have been able to view the world and education as a means to reach a higher intellectual level, therefore becoming a master of my art, and of life."
-- Bre Melino
Student Comments About the Course
"This class helped me to take a step back and understand what it really meant for me being educated at a small school with a liberal arts core curriculum. I have begun to question things a lot more to get a better understanding, and then I try to relate it to my education and how I can flourish in the future by using my knowledge."
"This class has really opened up my mind. I had no idea that coming into this class I would eventually feel this way. It just goes to show that those 'stupid liberal arts courses' that we are supposed to take have a purpose. They allow us to open our minds to new topics of thinking and discussing and allow us to ask questions and critically analyze."
"This class really brought out the 'higher education' aspect of a liberal arts education. These are the most important questions of life that we're approaching. I wasn't aware that formal education concerned itself with these kinds of questions and thoughts. It really opened my eyes. I believe we could safely say that we've exited the realm of mere instruction and ventured into an entire universe of self-discovery and reflection. It's a re-discovery of what it means to be human. The learning doesn't stop when you leave the classroom...it begins"
"I had forgotten about the idea that we are in college and provided with a liberal education in order to become well-rounded people and learn. Everyone now seems to think we go to college to get a job. If education is thought about this way, appreciation for knowledge is lost and there is no point in even taking the courses. Liberal arts and higher education help one see the bigger picture in life and appreciate it all the more."
"I was not at all sure what to expect from this class, but I quickly learned. The standing of the liberal arts throughout time periods helped me to gain a better understanding of the liberal arts curriculum we practice today. Prior to this course, I knew I wanted to learn not only to get skills for a job, but also to simply learn more. This course has helped me to explain my choice of studying at a liberal arts college. Also, I am able to relate and apply the teachings of the various books we have read this semester to my own life."
"This class showed me various perspectives on the meaning and value of a liberal arts education (from the political perspective in Nussbaum to the notions of the divine and the sacred in Boethius and Dreyfus and Kelly). It also helped me to reflect on how the liberal arts and my philosophy major will help and inform me as I continue to learn new skills and develop my creative capacities."