What is a liberal arts education?

A liberal arts education encourages study across a wide variety of disciplines. By declaring one of the following concentrations, you’ll organize your interdisciplinary studies into a cohesive set of courses that connects ideas and methods across fields.

As a student at FLC, you have the opportunity to bundle your general education courses into a theme that feeds your curiosity, speaks directly to employers' needs, and even earns you additional credentials.

Historically, many students at liberal arts colleges have struggled to see the relevance in courses outside of their major, at best enduring the abstract notion that it’s helping them to understand more of the world. Choosing a Liberal Arts Core Concentration makes the connections across disciplines clear and explicit, and packages them into a credential that speaks to future employers.

Three liberal arts core concentrations

Analytical Thinking

Today’s world includes an almost constant stream of information from sources with varying levels of legitimacy and sources of influence. This radically increases the demand on citizens and professionals to discern between sound and unsound arguments and evaluate evidence in a fair and impartial way. This concentration supports students in learning to clearly assess claims and information.

Science Communication

The scientific method has led to prodigious developments in what we understand about our world. It has also allowed practitioners to dive deep into specific realms of knowledge about things that affect us all: climate change, disease, and genetics, to name a few. Unfortunately, as the inquiries have gotten more specific, the language has become inaccessible to the public and to policy makers. Students choosing this concentration focus on communicating complex scientific information in accessible ways.

Diversity & Inclusion

Our society has become increasingly sensitive to the harm of microaggressions and aware of its systemic social injustices. Additionally, we have become more attuned to the intersectionality of identity, and come to expect more inclusive attitudes between people. This concentration focuses on the way gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, culture, and class shape personal identity, social relationships, privilege, and power.

Questions & next steps

Current Students

Talk to your advisor to explore your options, or declare your concentration with the Registrar's Office.

Prospective Students

For more information, contact the co-chairs of the Liberal Arts Core Committee:

Candace Nadon, Assistant Professor

Caroline Kulesza, Assistant Professor