January 16, 2009
Students at the University of Northern Iowa acquire the foundation for a liberal arts education through the Liberal Arts Core. Within the LAC students learn to recognize the interconnectedness of areas of knowledge, gain new perspectives on diverse cultures and the world around us, and increase their strategies for solving the complex problems they will encounter in the future. The Liberal Arts Core deepens the commitment to personal development, encourages thoughtful and ethical decision making, promotes life-long learning, and helps prepare students for lives that are meaningful, creative and productive.
The LAC seeks to attain its purpose through fostering growth in three interrelated areas—skills, knowledge and perspectives.
Courses throughout the LAC enhance skills that provide a foundation for intellectual growth, vocational achievement, and civic responsibility. Development of verbal and visual communication skills, quantitative reasoning, and information and technological literacy strengthens critical thinking, creative problem solving, aesthetic awareness, and the ability to cultivate effective interpersonal and social relationships.
The Liberal Arts Core expands awareness of the disciplines of knowledge and increases appreciation for the realms of human achievement. Understanding and making connections among diverse fields of learning fosters multiple ways of viewing problems and innovative approaches to solving complex issues.
The LAC prepares students to develop creative approaches to the complex issues they will face as 21st century citizens. Through exposure to a variety of cultures and diverse perspectives, students are better able to understand their personal and social responsibility as members within the interconnected global community.