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Wesleyan University Supplement on the pragmatic nature of liberal arts.


Wesleyan President Michael Roth believes a liberal arts education is a pragmatic choice in these times. In what way do you see a liberal arts education having practical value?

(250 words or less)

Guys i need ideas on this please

Nov 13, 2016   #2
Salman, I suggest that you run a search using the keywords "liberal arts education value". It will turn up a number of articles related to the topic and also offer you a list of universities that give a detailed explanation of what the premise of a liberal education is, the kind of classes you will be taking, and how you will be prepared for the workplace should you decide to enroll in this course. From the information that you gain from the research, you should be able to take note of key information points that may relate to your reasons for wishing to major in liberal arts.

Keep in mind that though the research will help inform you about the prompt requirements, you will need to write a totally original essay that shows your voice to the reader in relation to the prompt requirements. So you should make sure to find the familiar points between your learning beliefs and desires in relation to a liberal arts education. It should not be hard to do if you are determined to enroll in and complete this course in order to prepare yourself for a future career in the mold of a liberal minded person.
@Holt
Thankyou for your help.
I wrote a prompt please review it and lemme know about the changes I should make.

In his book, The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins made links between the propagation of trends and ideas to the propagation of genes, calling memes replicators, just like our earliest ancestors, in a pool of our minds. Reading it, the synapses in my brain started firing, questions rising in my mind. How could Dawkins make comparisons and show relationships between two seemingly discrete fields of study `when he studied Ethology? Looking into this matter further, I realized the answer; Dawkins believed in interdisciplinary studies. Examples of such feats were obvious in the works of other prominent minds, and it was this belief that I wanted to continue.

I realized that the latest discoveries both in and out of the world of science were the combination of multiple disciplines. An example is between psychology and engineering, through which more human like Artificial Intelligence can be made that can even solve social dilemmas such as the trolley scenario. I delved further from the sciences now. Economics and psychology are now juxtaposed when dealing with many situations such as the comparison of city demographics with mental issues, or vice versa. It seems Liberal Arts education share my beliefs of interdisciplinary study. It was here that such research is encouraged, while evaluative and critical thinking skills help articulate the empirical substance obtained from the research. Although, I have certain specific interests I want to pursue, I don't want to be restricted in them, not being able to explore more.

Maybe, while studying in a Liberal Arts environment, I can create a link between Sociology and Geology? Or between Chemistry and International Relations? Who knows? I certainly don't, but I will try to find out.
Nov 15, 2016   #4
Salman, if you remove the reference to Richard Dawkins in your essay and instead focus on your belief regarding interdisciplinary studies. The reason that I believe that you should do that is because the prompt already refers to President Michael Roth of the Wesleyan University and his belief in the pragmatic nature of Liberal Arts. As such, there is no need for you to refer to someone else in the essay as the source of your understanding of liberal arts. All you have to do is use the second part of your essay as your response. So instead of using the past tense form, use the present tense sentence formation instead. Since there is only a maximum word count on the essay, you need not worry about the fact that your essay is only 173 words long. Those 173 words truly represent your understanding of the meaning of a liberal arts education is quite evident in this paragraph. So you really have responded quite personally to the prompt, and that is all that is required.
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so you want to say that i should submit my supplement like this (i will change it into past tense)

I realized that the latest discoveries both in and out of the world of science were the combination of multiple disciplines. An example is between psychology and engineering, through which more human like Artificial Intelligence can be made that can even solve social dilemmas such as the trolley scenario. I delved further from the sciences now. Economics and psychology are now juxtaposed when dealing with many situations such as the comparison of city demographics with mental issues, or vice versa. It seems Liberal Arts education share my beliefs of interdisciplinary study. It was here that such research is encouraged, while evaluative and critical thinking skills help articulate the empirical substance obtained from the research. Although, I have certain specific interests I want to pursue, I don't want to be restricted in them, not being able to explore more.

Maybe, while studying in a Liberal Arts environment, I can create a link between Sociology and Geology? Or between Chemistry and International Relations? Who knows? I certainly don't, but I will try to find out.


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