Introduction to Liberal Arts
The Introduction to the Liberal Arts (ILA) is the course that presents you with multiple disciplinary opportunities to interact with ideas and topics of study.
As we supply you with the tools and perspectives necessary to understand the complexity of the world, we expect that you will begin using these skills to analyze and evaluate previous understandings of the phenomena around us as well as beginning the work of creating new ideas, solving problems, and pushing the boundary of knowledge further than where you first encountered it.
Prior to beginning your life as a scholar at Monmouth College, you will need to read three short essays. Doing so will help you step into your role as a class discussant, and it will also help you prepare for the future life you will adopt as a student-scholar.
You are required to read these essays and answer the questions prior to the first meeting of ILA on Monday, August 24. It is likely that your ILA professor will ask you to bring a printed copy of your responses to the questions to your first class.
- “Only Connect…” The Goals of a Liberal Arts Education - William Cronon
- Interest as the Missing Motivator in Self-Regulation - Carol Sansone and Dustin B. Thoman
- Master of Many Trades - Robert Twigger
In addition to the readings, you’ll find a link to a set of questions which you will want to consider as you read. Your professors may ask you to submit your answers or simply to use them to help build discussions. Whatever the case, you can expect that they will want you to have done the readings, and considered the questions, by the first day of class on Monday, August 24.