The first two pillars in our Liberal Education model, breadth and integration, trace back to the Education model of the Romans. The Romans developed seven subjects, known for centuries as the original seven Liberal Arts, namely arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music (the quadrivium) and grammar, rhetoric and logic (the trivium). Note the inter-disciplinarity here, with both science (math, physics, logic), arts (music, rhetoric) and the humanities (language, philosophy, logic) - the whole range of the academy! The ancients saw these as all combined and intertwined; for example they connected music to ratios of numbers, and to the motion of planets in space.
Breadth: to explore and study multiple disciplines; to have a wide base of knowledge in many distinct academic areas.
Through the first pillar of liberal education students are exposed to new ways of looking at and studying the world beyond their own disciplinary boundaries. The opportunity to broaden their knowledge base is given through the lib ed requirement list. This also allows for other passions to be explored and studied or for new passions to emerge. In the long run, having a breadth of education will strenghten the skills of students and allow them to be more versatile and understanding.
Below are articles that specifically tie into the breadth pillar. There is a variety of content, opinions, and positions throughout these articles. This is a good place to start looking through resources for the essay that needs to be written as well as a place for the curious eye to wander and catch an interesting article to read.
Breadth Skills and Competencies
- Knowledge across a range of disciplines
- Understanding the creation and uses of knowledge in multiple areas
- Information literacy
- Visual literacy
- Quantitative literacy
- Statistical literacy