There are numerous reasons to pick a liberal arts education. Employers have found clear value in hiring students educated at liberal arts institutions, specifically citing their broad range of knowledge and their critical thinking abilities. The diversity of the mind present at a Liberal Arts institution is worth the price of admission, but I want to talk about a specific element of the liberal arts education – distribution requirements.
Upon arriving on Davidson’s campus in the fall of 2009, I feared the distribution requirements. The requirements have now changed at Davidson, addressing modes of thought over specific disciplines. With that said, I knew four years ago that I would have to satisfy my fine arts and science requirements. This task was daunting, especially for a person who loves politics but can barely draw a stick figure and finds little pleasure in solving quadratic equations. However, Davidson has created classes for students of all different comfort levels to satisfy distribution requirements and develop critical skills to succeed in the world beyond Davidson.
I decided to enroll in an Introduction to Theater course. I hadn’t acted since the sixth grade (though I recieve critical acclaim starring as Pinocchio in an All Children’s Theater production in my hometown), but I was excited to see the theater from a new light. I absolutely loved this course, which allowed me to work backstage for a main stage Davidson production. It was a wonderful experience, and one that rekindled my love of the theater.
The second class is a course I am currently taking titled “the Physics around You.” We are learning about physics by taking a practical approach to a daunting, and many times quite challenging, subject. It is a hands on course that has allowed me to explore how physics is truly involved in every interaction of our everyday lives. I never knew how particles interacted in the world around me, and I am gaining practical knowledge that will enrich my life.
Distribution requirements may seem like a burden, but the liberal arts education is a powerful experience. And at Davidson, we pursue the liberal arts in the right way.