A foundation for thinking outside the major
Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
This weekend, Boston College hosted a seminar that discussed the key importance of the natural sciences in a liberal arts education. As a University that prides itself on offering students a strong liberal arts core regardless of major, BC gives students throughout the University experience in a broad range of topics beyond those they study specifically. These core requirements serve to allow students to experience and learn a variety of topics to which they might not have been exposed.
With growing numbers of liberal arts and humanities majors being accepted to medical, dental and veterinarian schools upon graduation, science in a strong liberal arts core successfully creates well rounded undergraduate students who can approach graduate level problems from a variety of different angles and thought processes. In the end, a university's goal is teach its students how to think. Science as part of the liberal arts is merely an extension of that duty.