Learn to Think
Liberal Education is the foundational teaching and learning philosophy of the University of Lethbridge, affecting the entire student experience here. It traces its roots back to the start of the Western tradition in classical Greece and Rome. The word Liberal comes from the Latin word “liber” meaning “free,” and Liberal Education originally referred to the education that free citizens (as opposed to slaves) needed in order to participate in the affairs of their community. Such an education encompasses a broad education across a number of disciplines, and a preparation for good citizenship. These goals have persisted for millennia as the foundation of Western university education.
"Liberal Education is an education that is "liberal" in that it liberates the mind from the bondage of habit and custom, producing people who can function with sensitivity and alertness as citizens of the whole world.”
- Martha C. Nussbaum, Cultivating Humanity, 1997
The university of Lethbridge offers a multi-faceted vision of Liberal Education, that encourages multi-disciplinary courses and viewpoints, critical thinking skills, debate about larger social and philosophical issues, and develops well-educated citizens trained as social leaders. These are skills that employers want, and that society needs!