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The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
The undergraduate academic programs at Judson University are rooted in a liberal arts philosophy of education. A liberal arts education seeks to develop the student through interaction with a variety of academic disciplines as well as the development of communication and critical thinking skills.
A liberal arts education is essential for three reasons. First, it equips students to be effective moral agents in a world where ethical decisions must be made on a daily basis. Second, it prepares students for a lifetime of learning and instills the skills of creative thinking, problem solving, human relations and public speaking. A liberal arts curriculum creates dynamic, adaptable learners who will be successful in multiple fields of endeavor. Third, it allows students to better understand and appreciate God’s created world. God has provided his creatures with the beauties of art, music, literature, and the sciences, enabling one to glimpse God, to revel in God’s creation, to know him and enjoy him thoroughly.
Beyond providing a broader view of the world and developing practical skills, Judson seeks to nourish minds for service to Christ and His kingdom by encouraging the integration of faith, learning, and living, so that students see their intellectual pursuits as service to God and the Church. The very foundation of Christianity responds to the basic questions that a liberal arts education strives to answer: “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where am I going?” “What is the purpose of life?” This Christian worldview provides a context for the information gained and knowledge gleaned, and gives that information and knowledge meaning and purpose beyond the immediacy of the context.