Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, writes about liberal learning and the Elmhurst model.
In today’s complicated world, a meaningful future requires more than a job-specific set of skills. No matter what career you intend to pursue, you’ll need to communicate clearly, solve complex problems and take a broad view of the world around you.
That’s why the Elmhurst Experience incorporates a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. In conjunction with the requirements of your major, you’ll complete the Elmhurst College Integrated Curriculum, a comprehensive set of general education courses that introduce you to new subjects and new perspectives. Some of your Integrated Curriculum courses, including the capstone, will be embedded in the course of study for your major.
As you study subjects like religious studies, fine arts or life sciences, you’ll stretch outside your comfort zone. You'll gain a new level of confidence and discover interests and strengths you didn’t know you had. And you'll grow as a critical thinker, a communicator, a change agent and a citizen of the world.