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

Liberal Education group of students

U of L establishes School of Liberal Education

The creation of a school provides opportunities to expand beyond the Faculty of Arts & Science and integrate liberal education programming throughout the University.

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Local Business Boora establishes new scholarship program

Local businessman Boora gives back to his community through new scholarship award program

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Brendan Cummins comes full circle

Brendan Cummins becomes a Master of Arts graduate this spring, after almost thirty years of hard work. This summer, he will become an instructor with the School of Liberal Education. 

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Featured Articles


Below is a compilations of Liberal Education related articles and its four-pillar model. Each couple of weeks a new featured article will be displayed that is worth reading. Some of the articles may require a uleth account to get into the necessary databases.

This week's read is:
Gutting, G. (2015, September 11). Why College Is Not a Commodity. The Chronicle of Higher Education.