In a 1983 speech at Kentucky State University, Edwin Delattre, then president of St. John’s College, spoke of the power of liberal education in these words:

“Minds can be shackled by laws against education, by parental indifference, by propaganda, by distinction, and in a thousand other ways.  Worst of all, people can enslave, enshackle, victimize their own minds, without any help from anyone else.  It happens all the time, and you can see the marks, the wounds and scars, of these shackles every day, everywhere, if you know what to look for.  It is often very hard, though, to see or feel these shackles inside oneself.

 Liberal education—liberating education—is the kind which ferrets out these shackles, seeks to open them where they exist, and prevent them where they do not.”

Education of this sort must be earned, because it comes with persistence and effort.  Ultimately, liberal studies requires the courage to follow a question persistently and resourcefully wherever it might lead.  At Kentucky State University, education is the daily pursuit of intellectual and moral maturity by students, faculty, and staff.

In order to make the goals of liberal studies at Kentucky State University clear and specific, the faculty has adopted a set of four liberal studies learning outcomes.  After completing the general education requirements at Kentucky State University, our students will be prepared for twenty-first century challenges by gaining:

1.  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts

The Kentucky State University student will engage with big questions, both contemporary and enduring, through study of core texts and primary source material.

 2. Intellectual and Practical Skills, including

  • Reading comprehension
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Technological literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

The Kentucky State University student will practice these skills extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards of performance.  The student will judge reasonably the validity of information gained through the research process, including use of digital resources.

3. Personal and Social Responsibility, including

  • Civic knowledge and readiness for engagement – local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and sensitivity
  • Ethical reasoning and readiness for action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

The Kentucky State University student will become actively involved with diverse communities and real-world challenges.

4. Integrative and Applied Learning, including

  •  Cross – disciplinary synthesis and advancing accomplishment across general and specialized studies.

The Kentucky State University student will demonstrate this learning through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems across disciplines.

 

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