B-School Events

April 04, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

Five reasons why Liberal Arts is necessary

Liberal Art

Published : Friday, 30 December, 2016 3:15 PM

 

Five reasons why Liberal Arts is necessary

 

Develops lifelong habits of learning, thinking and effective communication

A liberal education provides the tools to think clearly and effectively. Thinking clearly and more importantly, critically, constitutes the bedrock of liberal education. It strives to build an individualistic framework for students to ask the right questions and think deeply for effectively addressing issues and problems.  It aims to expose and train students in the various modes of thinking applied to problems and issues of human affairs. By doing so, intellectual growth is achieved by application of these skills to examine, analyse and synthesize information from multiple sources. Through personalized attention and sustained engagement with faculty inside and outside of the classroom, the sense of curiosity is sought to be heightened and the habits of life-long learning are encouraged and fostered.

Thinking clearly and effectively cannot be divorced from effective communication, an important “soft” skill for success in life. By constantly demanding students to articulate their thoughts through writing and speaking, effective communication skills are sought to be developed. Most courses across disciplines demand writing, speaking and debate through papers, presentations and discussion. By constant practice of these skills and raising the bar as one progresses through the program, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively are honed.

By emphasizing primarily on developing the habits of learning, thinking and communication, liberal education seeks to circumvent the danger of the irrelevancy of today’s disciplines to address the problems of the future.

Provides exposure to knowledge from a wide canvas of disciplines

The philosophy of liberal education is rooted in the unity of all knowledge. It operates in a multi-disciplinary framework and provides an exposure to human knowledge through courses in the respective disciplines. It encompasses a wide gamut of areas through courses in the Physical and Natural Sciences, the Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and their derivatives such as Business and Law to name two, with emphasis on the thoughts and processes used in these disciplines. For instance, through courses within the Physical & Natural Sciences, students become familiar with linear, rational & experiment-based thinking with an enhanced understanding of the scientific method and advances made in the understanding of the universe and the science behind modern technological progress. Courses in the Fine & Performing Arts enable students to develop their aesthetic sensibilities & understand the intricacies of different forms of artistic expression.  Through, courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities, students develop an understanding of events that have shaped the past, and the forces that are shaping the present.  In addition to the broad exposure to the various disciplines, students learn how to apply the learnings of one discipline to another for better understanding through the common linkages that occur between various disciplines.

Provides skills for deeper understanding of areas of interest

Liberal education not only provides a broad knowledge of various disciplines but also provides an excellent base with relevant skills to delve deeper into areas of one’s interest.  By declaring a major and minor field of interest, it provides a wide choice of disciplines to specialize in.  By choosing such a combination of interests, students are able to look for interconnections between disciplines and a deeper understanding of the issues and attainment of skills so that they are able to function effectively in the jobs of today and attain skills that are relevant to the professions of tomorrow.

Develops Tolerance, Inclusion and Civic values

Liberal education does not restrict itself only to intellectual advancement. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the similarities and differences between people within a society and between societies through curricular and ancillary courses. By doing so, barriers to inter-personal engagement and cooperation is sought to be broken for success of the self and the society in an increasingly globalized and inter-connected world.

Civic engagement through discharge of duties of citizenship is critical to the success of society and fulfillment of the potential of the individual. Liberal education aims to nurture sensitive, informed, ethical, and responsible individuals who use their knowledge to bring about a positive and sustainable change in their own society and the world at large.

Develops life and leadership skills

Practical skills for navigating daily life coupled with initiative and risk-taking ability, self-motivation, integrity, dignity and life-balance are essential to lead a successful life. A liberal education program aims to develop awareness of the self by providing skills to lead a life of fulfillment and direction, enhance communication and interpersonal skills, instill the ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts, explore opportunities, design and execute career plans, and provides avenues for the practice of leadership skills.

Author of this article is Prof. Santosh Kudtarkar, Associate Dean – FLAME School of Liberal Education

Register here to get Latest B School News On  & 

 
 
 

Stay informed, Stay ahead and stay inspired with MBA Rendezvous

Crucial Dates, You Should not Miss

TAPMI, Manipal
Admission Application closes on January 16, 2018 for 2018-20
BIMTECH, Greater Noida
Admissions open for PGDM Programmes at BIMTECH. Apply Now !
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management
Admissions are Open at LBSIM, Delhi. Apply Now !
FORE School of Management
Apply for PGDM & PGDM-IB Programmes. Application Deadline is December 22, 2017.
Goa Institute of Management
PGDM Admissions Open at GIM. Apply Before January 5, 2018
NIRMA
Last Date to Apply for MBA (Full Time) Programme at NIRMA is January 09, 2018
XAT 2018
Application Last Date 30th November 2017
IMI New Delhi
Application closes 4th December 2017
XIM Bhubaneshwar
Last Date 8th December 2017
SIBM Bengaluru
Apply for SNAP 2017 to be held on Dec 17 and apply for SIBM-Bengaluru through the SNAP Form
Institute of Rural Management Anand
IRMASAT will be conducted on February 4,2018, Apply Before December 31,2017
IBSAT 2017
Last date for IBSAT registration is December 12 , 2017
SSBF
Last date to register for SNAP is 24th November, 2017. Last date for SSBF is 2nd January 2018
SIBM Hyderabad
Apply for SNAP 2017 to be held on Dec 17 and apply for SIBM-Hyderabad through the SNAP Form
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
Last date for Application is 31st Jan, 2018
SDMIMD Mysore
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at SDMIMD is open till February 28, 2018
Institute of Management Technology
Application closes on November 24, 2017
MDI Murshidabad
Application for PGPM 2018-20 at MDI Murshidabad is open till November 24, 2017

Admission Open Now

Following Colleges are accepting applications.

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

Admissions open for 2018-20

PGDM, PGDM (HRM), PGDM(B & FS), Executive PGDM

Apply Online