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Why Choose the Liberal Arts? Paperback – August 30, 2010


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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st Edition edition (August 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026804032X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268040321
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark William Roche is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and concurrent Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. From 1997 to 2008, Roche served as dean of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. His books include Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century and The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University, the latter published by the University of Notre Dame Press.


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As a Director for an educational service provider (primarily serving Liberal Arts colleges), I recently attended Roche's lecture on this book and was so fascinated I had to buy it after. He hits the target on how misguided the general public is on the value of a liberal arts degree compared to a STEM or pre-professional degree and what we can do to start to correct this perception, first in ourselves, and then to those near us in our spheres of influence.

Roche covers it all in this book, and organizes his thoughts in a way that tells the reader 'here is what you and society have been trained to think regarding liberal arts, but a shift in focus can bring much more value.' Also, to change the emphasis of "value" is helpful...since (in my mind) knowing how to think rather than what to think might not pay off in the first few years, but pays great dividends long term. There are other benefits besides dollars, but even those other benefits impacts a liberal arts grad's career.

Business leaders need to read this book because it will show them what is missing from their business by simply hiring pre-professional college graduates. Prospective college graduates and their parents need to read this book because it will help you sell yourself to a world which underappreciates habits learned in a liberal arts environment. College staff and faculty need to read this book as it supports what we already know, that a graduate of the liberal arts is better off long term for several reasons.

You'll have to pick up the book to read how. I plan on recommending this book to the liberal arts colleges I serve.
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