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A liberally educated person has no limitations.

You may have heard the term before, but what does having a liberal education really mean?

Contrary to the misnomer that a liberal education has anything to do with politics, the goal of the liberal education learning model is to provide students with a broad understanding of numerous disciplines, while providing in-depth knowledge of their chosen field of specialization.

While the term “liberal education” used to conjure up images of men in togas debating the constructs of truth and beauty, today’s manifestation of being liberally educated develops eager minds into the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. As the University of Lethbridge Statement of Philosophy declares, someone with a liberal education has developed “an attitude that enables the free and critical exploration of ideas. A liberally educated person is someone who is not limited by tradition, orthodoxy or authority. They are free and able to think for themselves—critically."

As such, liberally educated people can contribute to society with their free-thinking ability to ask questions based on unique information linkages, evaluate answers with a critical eye to various possible outcomes, and add to the decisions made for the benefit of the greater good.

This is indeed not to say that someone who has not graduated from a post-secondary institution cannot, or will not, succeed. There are a multitude of examples of highly successful business people—even political leaders—who were university or college drop-outs.

What matters is their exposure to different ideas and philosophies, and their openness to incorporate this knowledge into their decision making to create innovative new solutions to problems. This kind of exposure is precisely what students receive throughout their post-secondary and graduate studies at the University of Lethbridge.

Liberal education is about the ‘Big Picture.’ At the U of L, it means breadth. You study in your primary area of interest, and you also learn about various other disciplines to become a well-rounded and well-educated person.

Students who participate in liberal education courses will develop:

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to evaluate and use information effectively
  • The ability to work with quantitative ideas and mathematical relations
  • Skills in integrative thinking

Liberate your mind! Learn more about our programs in the Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences:


As a student in the humanities you will have an opportunity to research and study the driving forces behind our human creativity, as well as an opportunity to express your own.

If you are interested in the humanities, you might be interested in:
Canadian Studies
Dramatic Arts
Indigenous Studies
Modern Languages (French, Spanish, Linguistics & Japanese)
Religious Studies

The Faculty of Arts & Science also offer courses in Asian studies, Blackfoot, Cree, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and writing.


As a student in the sciences, you will have an opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and be on the forefront of research, making new discoveries and working to pave the way for the future.

Come study in the sciences and find out how to make science fiction reality.

Students in the sciences may choose majors in such areas as:
Agricultural Biotechnology
Agricultural Studies
Applied Statistics
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Environmental Science
Geographical Information Science (GIS)

Kinesiology & Physical Education
Physics & Astronomy
Remote Sensing

The Faculty of Arts & Science also offer courses in archaeology, astronomy, engineering, exercise science, geology, logic and statistics.

Social Sciences

As a student in the social sciences, you will have an opportunity to study and explore our behavior and interaction with the surrounding environment and discover how to make and effect changes in our world.

Come study in the social sciences and find out why we behave the way we do in our environment.

Students in the social sciences may choose majors in such areas as:


Indigenous Studies
Political Science
Urban & Regional Studies
Women & Gender Studies