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Clinton Staley <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:50:20 -0700
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All the definitions of liberal arts thus far offered seem useful and 
appropriate.  But breadth of study strikes me as the most important.

Liberal arts is "Renaissance scholarship," a familiarity with and 
appreciation for the full spectrum of learning: humanities, creative 
arts, mathematics, sciences.  An ideal liberal arts scholar can write 
code in the morning, compose an essay on history in the afternoon, and 
paint in the evening.  It's a goal none of us reaches perfectly, but 
striving for it is an essential aspect of the liberal arts.

It also means that curricula in any one area must leave sufficient room 
for deep study in other areas, which militates against majors that 
demand all or nearly all of the student's time and attention. To be 
compatible with a liberal arts course of study, a CS major cannot, e.g., 
require 75 semester hours of in-major coursework.

Clint

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