Liberal Arts Learning or Pre-Professional Training? Colleges are saying "Both"

Fareed Zakaria, columnist and CNN host, wrote a book last year titled “In Defense of a Liberal Education”. He discusses (quoting from the book jacket) “the virtues of a liberal arts education – how to write clearly, how to express yourself convincingly, and how to think analytically.” Zakaria premise is that while professional and vocational skills are important, so too are “the skills of creativity, lateral thinking, design, communication and the ability to continually learn… precisely the gifts of a liberal education.” Many colleges are recognizing that it’s not an either-or scenario. When a student combines a pre-professional degree in business or STEM with liberal arts learning, it may

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