The Goals of the Humanitas College Liberal Education
Humanitas College has built a rigorous curriculum and intellectual program around these five principles. These five principles serve as the basis for both the immediate goals of undergraduate education and also the long-term goals of a lifetime of intellectual exploration.
Five Principles of Liberal Education
We introduce to students a variety of approaches to understanding the human experience, society, nature and history, thereby creating an educational experience that encourages creative expression and the unhindered exploration of knowledge. Our students develop a multi-polar understanding of culture, society, science and technology by dint of the diverse perspectives that we introduce.
We inculcate in our students the ability to examine conflicting perspectives and views and to determine misunderstandings and biases as a central part of the curriculum. Such an education allows the individual to pose meaningful questions, seek out essential issues in the welter of data, and also formulate responses in a rational and informed manner. Part of the process of education demands that the student acquire a scientific mode of reasoning, the basic tools of critical thinking and the ability to analyze complex information accurately and without bias.
We cultivate in students the ability to distinguish between public and private interests and to understand one’s obligation to self and society. Such a process of developing a sense of civic responsibility is paralleled by the cultivation of introspection and mindfulness in our students. Not only do they consider carefully the problems of society, but also their own internal biases and limitations. The student develops a full understanding of democracy and due process and learn to serve as a citizen of his neighborhood, his country and the world who listens to others carefully, without bias on the basis of class, religion, regional differences, or gender.
We encourage students to develop a flexible imagination and maintain an open mind so that as they go forward without fear they can proactively respond to changes and crises, using the full range of their educations to set forth a plan to solve the challenges of our age through active engagement in global society.
We help students to develop the ability to grasp current events and trends accurately through a critical readings of texts and images. Students learn to extract multiple meanings from events and to interpret their experiences within a social and historical context. It is critical that students have a deep understanding of aesthetics, written expression and informed discussion so that as they go forward in the world, they will be able to engage in meaningful and substantive action and serve as models for citizens around the world whom they encounter. Written and visual creative expression will be a critical part of that project.