Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Liberal Arts – Proof vs. Perception

An education based in the liberal arts is foundational to ANY vocation and career, building skills including oral and written literacy, numerical analysis, and the capacity to continue to learn for life. By unleashing our capacity to think critically and creatively, an education rooted in the liberal arts prepares us to flourish personally and professionally in a constantly changing world.

A liberal arts education is one that strengthens and challenges our ideas about our chosen areas of study as well as the world around us. The goal is to produce well-rounded, open-minded, educated young adults who are prepared to not only meet life’s challenges, but succeed beyond them.

The Albertus story is one of transformation, opportunity, and impact. Albertus Magnus’ expansive values and liberal arts-based curriculum, when combined with its focus on experiential opportunities, prepares students to meet these needs successfully, and to take on the postgraduate world.

Ninety percent of undergraduate students complete at least one internship or practicum; study abroad; service learning; and/or research with faculty.

The foundation of an Albertus education is the Insight Program, our core curriculum. Insight builds a solid thinking framework that you will use throughout your life. You will use this foundation as you grow in understanding yourself and the world, and prepare to lead a life that is socially responsible, as well as personally and professionally fulfilling.  You will apply what you learn through the Insight Program throughout your college career and beyond.

About the Author

Sean P. O’Connell joined Albertus Magnus College in 1987 as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He became the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty in 2013. Dr. O’Connell received his B.A., summa cum laude and M.S. degrees in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and attended the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership (MLE). His research interests are in Contemporary Continental Philosophy, the Philosophy of Art, and Gender Studies. He has been the lead author on several successful grants to support faculty development and the use of high impact practices. Dr. O’Connell provides leadership and oversight of all aspects of academic life at the College, which includes faculty recruitment and development, undergraduate and graduate programs in the Undergraduate Division and the Division of Professional and Graduate Studies, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the Registrar’s Office, the Career Services and Internship Office, and academic advising.

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