In Defense of the Liberal Arts

June 05, 2018 / Sabrina Balderama

Inside Higher Ed

By Scott Jaschik

June 1, 2018

In an era when liberal arts programs are being eliminated or changed at institutions public and private, two organizations on Thursday issued a joint statement in defense of the values of liberal arts education and of liberal arts disciplines.

"In recent years, the disciplines of the liberal arts, once universally regarded as central to the intellectual life of the university, have been steadily moved to the periphery and increasingly threatened -- by some administrators, elected officials, journalists, and parents of college-age children. The study of the history of human societies and forms of human expression is now too often construed as frivolous, and several colleges and universities have recently announced the wholesale elimination of liberal arts departments," says the statement from the Association of American Colleges & Universities and the American Association of University Professors.

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