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Liberal Studies Seminar--Common Intellectual Experience

Every liberally educated student should confront three questions that form the foundation of a liberal arts education:
What does it mean to be human?
How should we live our lives?
What is the universe and how do we fit into it?

These questions go to the heart of a liberal arts education because they engage students and faculty in conversations about the fundamentals of human experience. Together, we will explore some of the diverse and conflicting responses to these questions expressed in the most thoughtful literature, music, and art throughout history. The Class of 2003 is the first to participate in a program designed to facilitate this exploration--The Common Intellectual Experience. Every First-Year student will study the same set of readings so that each will be able to discuss and debate these important ideas beyond the walls of the classroom. In this way each of you will become a participating member of our intellectual community.

This page is created by Kathy Ford, Pam Potter-Hennessey, and Natalie MacConnell.
This page was last updated 12/3/99.