The Liberal Arts curriculum enriches the student academic experience through impassioned, rigorous, and culturally relevant coursework that inspires curiosity and lays a foundation for continuing intellectual and creative pursuits. Students learn to synthesize strands of knowledge in a cohesive, elegant manner and to frame and articulate questions and complex ideas.
With encouragement from faculty members, students learn to welcome creative and intellectual challenges, to express their visions in a compassionate and rigorous manner, to participate in the broader culture, and to collaborate with others effectively.
The curriculum is intended to be a transformative experience with the goal of inspiring a lifelong interest in critical inquiry and research. Liberal Arts courses introduce students to the disciplines of art history, critical and cultural studies, literature, mathematics, philosophy, and science.
The Chair of the Liberal Arts program is Nandini Ranganathan.
At Write Now, the kick-off event for the Writing program, lead faculty and novelist Monica Drake introduces Lidia Yuknavitch and Tom Spanbauer, who read from recent work, and Chuck Palahniuk who led a discussion of what it means to be a writer now, to pursue the writing life, to make a living, and to always make art with words.