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Engaging in liberal arts

A liberal arts education at Widener University is about more than earning a degree. Throughout four years of study, students learn how to transform their passions into real-world skills that are not only relevant to the workplace but life beyond college.

By choosing a liberal arts education students can engage in deep and meaningful learning opportunities in diverse fields such as English, history, biology, psychology, and the arts. 


“Here we combine the study of time-tested disciplines that promote strong communication skills, critical thinking, scientific literacy, and the understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures with community-based learning that provides real-world experience,” said Sharon Meagher, dean of Widener’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Meagher added Widener offers an “engaged” liberal arts education by integrating hands-on learning strategies that foster complex problem-solving skills. The goal is to not only get students prepared academically, but also develop leaders and provide opportunities for civic engagement.

“In an age of over-specialization, Widener graduates emerge as bridge-builders, leaders capable of working effectively in teams with people from different professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds,” Meagher said.

Wes Leckrone, associate professor of political science, notes the earning potential for liberal arts majors match students who graduate with professional degrees.

“While they might start off earning a little less than people with professional degrees, by their peak potential years of earning, people with liberal arts degrees end up making the same or slightly more than people with professional degrees,” said Leckrone, a researcher on the cost of higher education.

A liberal arts education at a private institution is a good investment as well. Private colleges, such as Widener, give students nearly six times as much institutional grant aid toward college expenses, according to liberalartspower.org, an informational website run by the Council of Independent Colleges.

Low income and first generation students also have much higher graduation rates at private liberal arts colleges. Most students finish in four years as compared to as high as six at some public colleges, according to liberalartspower.org.