The best path to becoming an engaged and productive citizen

What does it mean to be educated in the liberal arts?

The term “liberal arts” is rooted in the Latin phrase for the abilities needed for people to be free.

Nearly a century ago, the genius physicist Albert Einstein said a liberal arts education was not about “the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”

In more modern terms, a liberal arts degree is “the hottest ticket” to some of the most interesting, well-paying jobs in the country. Doctors, lawyers, CEOs. Tech companies seek out liberal arts graduates because they are prepared for a rapidly changing world and job market. A liberal arts education teaches creativity, imagination, collaboration, communication and analytic and interpersonal skills.

Professor Gliem with students sitting outside

Eckerd’s approach to the liberal arts is built around personalized mentoring, small classes and learning by doing, both inside the classroom and the community we live in.

Many paths and pursuits

We provide students with both specialized ability in a chosen major and a foundation of knowledge that can be applied among many career paths and academic pursuits.

Internships, jobs, research opportunities and community volunteer activities enable students to integrate theory and practice and help them to clarify their values and career choices.

The Eckerd Edge enhances the classroom experience for all students through resources and programs that enrich a student’s learning.

Eckerd students develop a love for learning, acquire an informed awareness of the major elements of their cultural heritage, explore various perspectives on the central concerns of human existence and assume increased responsibility for their own growth.

Employers value the ability to solve problems, adapt to change, work across disciplines and collaborate with others. These are the tenets of the liberal arts education. It changes lives and changes the world.

Professor Hastings teaching students inside classroom in Galbraith

Our approach is based on a deep appreciation of interdisciplinary study, practical experience, community service and cross-cultural experiences