What Is Liberal Arts College?

As a high school student looking for colleges, I kept coming across an unfamiliar term. I knew I wanted a smaller school, and as I explored my options, the term liberal arts would frequently come up. I had no idea what it meant. As I began the college touring process, I began to get a better idea of what exactly it meant to have a “liberal arts education”.

As a graduating senior who has spent the last four years at a small liberal arts college, I could not be any happier with my choice. The more I reflect on college with friends who chose bigger state universities, the more grateful I am for the opportunities I’ve been given to take classes outside my specific focus of study.

A liberal arts education emphasizes the importance of all academic fields. As a student at a liberal arts college, although I will receive degrees in two specific majors, I was still required to take classes in other departments in order to graduate. While some people might see this as an annoyance, it made my education that much more fulfilling. As a Political Science and Multimedia Journalism double major, the opportunities to take classes in art, history, biology, language, and more have enhanced my understanding of my specific fields.

Click for more information on what a liberal arts education entails, and why it might be the right choice for you!

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Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian is a senior at Augustana College, and is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Multimedia Journalism. She currently reports for her campus newspaper, The Augustana Observer, in addition to serving as sustainability co-chair within her sorority. When not participating in activities on campus, Emily enjoys searching for new recipes to experiment with. She hopes to one day do public relations work for art-based non-profit organizations
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