Welcome to the School of Liberal Education
The School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge was established in 2017 to enhance our commitment to liberal education as the university’s foundational teaching and learning philosophy.
By fostering free inquiry and the critical interpretation of ideas, our unique four-pillar approach to liberal education enables a better understanding of experiences and a more empathetic approach to those around us. This helps our students become global citizens who think critically, communicate thoughtfully, respect creativity and act in ways that better the world around them.
“Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.”
- American Association of American Colleges and Universities
"University has helped me to learn so much about myself and others. It has helped me to become more empathetic, curious and confident. I also feel comfortable asking questions and standing up for what I believe in."
Jamie Lewis | BA Student
Majors: Anthropology and Religious Studies
The School of Liberal Education embodies the University of Lethbridge's commitment to provide students with the skills to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, work collaboratively, solve complex problems, and contribute fully to society as engaged and informed global citizens and leaders.
To promote the University's foundational philosophy of teaching and learning, based on the goals of our Four-Pillar model of Liberal Education:
- Expand breadth of knowledge and viewpoints
- Integrate knowledge across disciplines
- Emphasize critical, questioning and creative thinking, leading to decisions based on evidence and reasoning
- Foster engaged community citizenship, at all levels from local to global
U of L establishes School of Liberal Education
Earth Day Symposium accentuates the positive
Brendan Cummins comes full circle
Brendan Cummins becomes a Master of Arts graduate this spring, after almost thirty years of hard work. This summer, he will become an instructor with the School of Liberal Education.
Below is a compilations of Liberal Education related articles and its four-pillar model. Each couple of weeks a new featured article will be displayed that is worth reading. Some of the articles may require a uleth account to get into the necessary databases.