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What is a Liberal Arts Degree from Barry

  • Foundation of the university learning experience
  • Develops problem-solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • 4 Core Commitments – Knowledge and Truth, Inclusive Community, Social Justice, Collaborative Service – are woven into every major. Learn more about Barry's Mission and Core Commitments
  • Focus on experiential learning – students apply what they learn in the classroom to service projects in the community

Liberal arts and sciences are foundational disciplines that, really, the entire university is built on when it comes to baccalaureate education. And the liberal arts and sciences curriculum in the majors prepare you in many different ways-- the problem-solving skills, the analytical skills, and then the interpersonal and people skills that you develop by being part of a university community and learning how to deal with people from many different backgrounds with many different approaches to life and to problems. And when you learn to work collaboratively with people in those settings, then you're definitely prepared for the future.

So our ethical framework, our moral framework, is really described in these four core commitments, which is knowledge and truth for the common good, inclusivity, social justice, and collaborative service. And we infuse those practices throughout the curriculum. It doesn't matter what your discipline is. It doesn't matter what your major is. It doesn't matter what your future career is. We find ways that each discipline is going to address those things. When you think about what the curriculum looks like, think about all the content areas, the humanities, the social sciences, the physical and life sciences, mathematics, theology, philosophy.

But we also think there's an overriding experiential component that the curriculum must include. And that encompasses everything from traditional volunteer work, to service learning that part of courses, to doing community-based research. From their first year, we're giving them opportunities to take what they're learning in the classroom and to apply it to a real-world problems.