Why a Liberal-Arts Education?
The question of whether a liberal-arts education is more beneficial in the long run than a specialized education or one from a large research university is a question that has been asked many times throughout the years. Experts believe that a liberal-arts education is invaluable, and Dickinson in particular has a proven track record of success, providing students and graduates with a 21st-century skill set that prepares them for informed engagement and global leadership. As you consider the arguments, we offer the broad perspective on a liberal-arts education as well as some key information about Dickinson's value.
Liberal Arts in the Wider World
This page cites expert testimony from resources like USA Today
, The New York Times
and more arguing the merits of the liberal arts. It also includes information about top global leaders who earned degrees from liberal-arts institutions and data supporting the benefits of broad education versus specialized. Learn more
All liberal-arts institutions are not created equal. What makes Dickinson different? The successes of our students, faculty and alumni are broken down to give examples of the many ways a Dickinson education works. Dickinson President William G. Durden '71 has also given a number of speeches and written a number of articles citing the value of the liberal arts, and many of those are referenced here. Learn more