Consider this scenario. It’s your first year here. You’re taking a seminar about the uses and abuses of political power. In session after session, you discuss with your classmates, in the intimacy of a seminar room, different ways of preserving and damaging democratic institutions. This makes sense, given the subject, but it’s also what you regularly do at Lang, where intense dialogue is what propels every course. Try having that discussion—or any discussion—in a crowded lecture hall with five hundred students. A liberal arts college and a university couldn’t be more different.
A liberal arts college is a four-year undergraduate institution that offers you thorough exposure to the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and arts. At Lang, the liberalism that informs your education is the freedom to examine your curiosities, enhance your analytical abilities, and embrace all disciplines and fields of study. You take charge of your education by choosing your courses and working with faculty advisors to plan your academic roadmap.
“Students here are passionate about what they study,” said Ryan Blum-Kryzstal, a Lang graduate. “Instead of cramming for some future exam, you’re constantly challenged to apply your knowledge immediately to the real world.”
Unlike vocational training that emphasizes a single trade, the liberal arts make you competitive and ready for any arena of life. That matters because people with a broad range of intellectual skills are increasingly in demand.
Look around and you’ll find that many top executives and leaders didn’t just study business in college. They read widely in literature, history, sociology, political science, economics, and many other areas. And today they use that frame of reference to stay ahead in fields where they might otherwise fall behind.