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, an understanding of liberal studies require 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.
The purpose of the Liberal Studies degree is to provide students with a solid multidisciplinary preparation in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the Arts, subsequently allowing them to pursue careers in education, business, government, and other such fields.
A wide variety of careers are available to students who complete a Liberal Studies major. Graduates may find entry into careers in business, government, and social service agencies. Some Liberal Studies majors combine this study with teacher training programs at either the undergraduate or graduate level to become K-12 educators; others find this interdisciplinary major appropriate for graduate studies in law.
A strength and attraction of the Liberal Studies major are the many options it provides for students to organize a study program that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant. Moreover, such a major sharpens awareness of art, history, philosophy, and technology and the impact of these disciplines on contemporary issues. In doing so, Liberal Studies increases students’ abilities to think and to communicate clearly.
Many individuals also use the Liberal Studies degree to improve their current employment standing. In addition to receiving significant and positive life changes as a result of a Liberal Studies degree, these graduates report pay raises and promotions as tangible benefits to receiving their degree.
A bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies can be used as preparation for several different careers, including:
- Entry-level Management Personnel
- Social Services Human Relations Officer
- Para-Professional Librarian
- Policy Analyst
- Public Relations Personnel
- Urban Planner/City Manager
- Legislative Assistant
- Non-profit Organizational Director
- College Recruiter
- Customer Service Representative
- Creative Writer
- Advertising Account Executive
- Grant Writer
- Speech Writer
- Training Specialist
- Medical Communications Trainer
- Museum Manager
A Liberal Studies degree may also be used to prepare for graduate study in these areas:
- Elementary/Middle School Education
- Library Science
- Medical and Health Science
- Natural Science
Kentucky State University has adopted the four Liberal Education and Americas Promise (LEAP) essential learning outcomes to meet the liberal studies goals at Kentucky State University. After completing the general education core requirements 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
- 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.