What is a Liberal Arts Education?
A Liberal Arts approach to education combines breadth of knowledge across various subject areas with depth of specialized training in one particular field. The breadth of knowledge students gather from broad-ranging topics in the humanities, natural, and social sciences is then applied to problem solving and real-world application in their chosen field of specialization. This, in turn, broadens students’ abilities to relate to people of various backgrounds and to adapt to a variety of working environments.
At AUM, our liberal arts approach to education is threaded throughout all of our courses and the entire program. For example, engaging students across disciplinary topics, then integrating and applying this information to a larger problem, allows them to think about big issues (that they might not otherwise take time to consider) in a systematic way with a faculty mentor. Although we are educating students for engineering careers, we are also preparing them for civic engagement in local, national, and international communities. Most importantly, however, the knowledge, skills and attitude instilled by AUM’s liberal arts approach to education provides students with the flexibility to adapt to a changing world, while instilling a love of lifelong learning. At the completion of their studies our graduates will have a solid foundation for whichever career path they choose.