School of Liberal Education


Welcome to the School of Liberal Education

The School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge  was established in 2017 to enhance our commitment to liberal education as the university’s foundational teaching and learning philosophy.

By fostering free inquiry and the critical interpretation of ideas, our unique four-pillar approach to liberal education enables a better understanding of experiences and a more empathetic approach to those around us. This helps our students become global citizens who think critically, communicate thoughtfully, respect creativity and act in ways that better the world around them.

“Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.”

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"University has helped me to learn so much about myself and others. It has helped me to become more empathetic, curious and confident. I also feel comfortable asking questions and standing up for what I believe in."

Jamie Lewis | BA Student
Majors: Anthropology and Religious Studies


University of Lethbridge - Jamie Lewis


Our Vision

The School of Liberal Education embodies the University of Lethbridge's commitment to provide students with the skills to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, work collaboratively, solve complex problems, and contribute fully to society as engaged and informed global citizens and leaders. 


Our Mission

To promote the University's foundational philosophy of teaching and learning, based on the goals of our Four-Pillar model of Liberal Education:

  • Expand breadth of knowledge and viewpoints
  • Integrate knowledge across disciplines
  • Emphasize critical, questioning and creative thinking, leading to decisions based on evidence and reasoning 
  • Foster engaged community citizenship, at all levels from local to global


Featured Stories

School of Liberal Education celebrates Blackfoot heritage

On September 25th, 2018, the School of Liberal Education accepted the Blackfoot image of the turtle in celebration of Blackfoot heritage.


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Liberal Education Courses Eligible for new Alberta Education Math Bursary

There is a $1000 Alberta Education Math Bursary available for students who are enrolled in education or pre-education at the University of Lethbridge for students who want to be teachers, but are not mathematics majors. Two Liberal Education courses were recently added to the approved list: LBED 2100 Quantitative Reasoning and LBED 2200 Puzzles and Problems.  Information regarding the bursary can be found here:    or by emailing



Dr. Richard Delisle to edit new Springer Book Series

Dr. Richard Delisle of the School of Liberal Education has been invited by Springer Publishers to edit a new book series on Evolutionary Biology.




If  you'd like to read more about Liberal Education, and the various pillars of our model, see the Bibliography we have compiled here! 

For a good introduction that explains the differences between Liberal Education, Liberal Arts and General Education, see the overview article
What is a Liberal Education, from the Association of American Colleges & Universities, at 

An article by U of L Political Science professor John von Heyking on  What Socrates Means for Liberal Education in Asia: