BU liberal education model
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A liberal education is best defined as an educational philosophy, one that exposes students to a variety of disciplines and learning strategies and includes in-depth studies in at least one academic area. This style of education encourages students to ask questions, to consider all angles, to become excited by the pursuit of knowledge, to be confident in their abilities, and to become inspired through their academic experience.

The benefits of a liberal education

Institutions that offer their students the benefits of a liberal education tend to produce graduates who learn purposefully and become responsible and informed citizens.

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In particular, a liberal education fosters:

  • Intellectual flexibility;
  • Dedication to lifelong learning;
  • Personal and social responsibility.

Above all, a liberal education empowers students to live responsible, productive, and creative lives in a world that is constantly evolving.1

At Bishop’s University, we are proud to offer a liberal education that prepares our students and alumni to deal with complexity, diversity and change.2 They learn to listen well, analyze critically, communicate effectively, and engage with others to effect change and make a difference in the world.

Want to learn more?

Read: BU defines a sound and liberal education.


  1. Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU). Association of American Colleges & Universities website [internet]. AACU; 1998 – Statement on Liberal Learning; 1998 Oct 1 [cited 2015 May 20]; available from: www.aacu.org/about/statements/liberal-learning.
  1. Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU). Association of American Colleges & Universities website [internet]. AACU; What is a liberal education; [cited 2015 May 20]; available from: www.aacu.org/leap/what-is-a-liberal-education.
  1. Adapted from: Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU). Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College; National Panel Report. Washington: AACU; 2002.

What kinds of students benefit the most from a liberal education?3

How can you tell if you’d be a good fit for a liberal education style of learning? You will benefit most from this style of learning if you’d like to be:

  • An intentional learner, who is purposeful and self-directed. You want to have clear goals and take well-thought-out and appropriate action. You also want to understand what studying, the learning process, and the use of education are worth to you.
  • An integrative thinker. You want to learn how to see connections in seemingly disparate information, and be able to draw from a wide range of knowledge and angles to make decisions.
  • A conscious achiever. You want to be able to adapt the skills learned in one situation to problems encountered in another. You want to be able to succeed in many kinds of situations – even in circumstances where instability is your only constant.

If this sounds intriguing, then BU could be the place for you!