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Set yourself apart with a degree in the liberal arts…

What is a liberal arts education?

The liberal arts tradition originated in the era of classical antiquity. At the time, it emphasised writing, speaking and reasoning through three subjects: grammar, rhetoric and logic, collectively known as the trivium.

This educational model was transmitted to the Roman and medieval world. At this point, four subjects were added: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music, collectively known as the quadrivium. Over time, the seven liberal arts expanded, encompassing a broad range of subjects within the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. This is the typical make-up of a liberal arts education today.

Historically, the aim of a liberal arts education was to produce a person who is articulate, virtuous and knowledgable across a range of fields. Modern liberal arts curricula retain this core aim, producing well-rounded graduates who can adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Philosophia et septem artes liberales, the seven liberal arts. From the Hortus deliciarum of Herrad of Landsberg (12th century)

Benefits of a liberal arts education

Exposing students to a broad range of units at undergraduate level provides the opportunity to foster intellectual and personal development before pursuing vocational specialisation. This helps students to make a more informed choice about their career path and future-proof their professional lives.

A typical liberal arts graduate will complete further studies to obtain the technical skills they need for a particular profession. In this way, they can build on their foundational degree, specialising as and when needed rather than investing considerable time and money on what may end up being a relatively short-lived career. Increasingly, employers are reporting that they are prioritising ‘soft’ skills gained in a liberal arts degree – like critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication skills – over university qualifications when recruiting recent graduates.

Campion’s liberal arts degree

The Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts (3-years full-time) and Diploma of Liberal Arts (1-year full-time) provide students with an integrated understanding of the influences which have shaped the development of human culture. Students undertake systematic study across four key disciplines – history, literature, philosophy and theology. 

The disciplines are uniquely integrated with each other, allowing you to make connections between them. For example, you will learn not only about the times in which Shakespeare lived (history) and what he wrote (literature), but also how theological and philosophical debates of his time helped shape his work. Additionally, the units of study in each discipline build upon each other from year to year.

History

History not only informs us about where we are and who we are, it also excites our imagination about societies we could yet aspire to achieve. Units of study at Campion offer a chronological exploration of the key personalities, events and writings of Western history, as well as analysis of the cultural, political, and religious complexities that inform historical change and shape our societies.

Periods covered: Ancient Greece, the rule of Alexander the Great, the rise of the Roman Empire, the Medieval World, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, history of the Twentieth Century and more.

Literature

Literature provides the gateway to human experience transfigured by the imagination. Units of study at Campion provide a systematic introduction to the vast and varied tradition of mainly Western literature, covering major periods, authors and genres. You will explore verbal and literary forms whilst enhancing your ability to express yourself clearly in written and spoken language.

Authors studied: Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Virgil, Homer, Chaucer, Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Evelyn Waugh, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Sylvia Plath, W. B. Yeats, Henry Lawson, A.B. Patterson and more.

Philosophy

Philosophy is a fundamental discipline for all branches of knowledge. Units of study at Campion are designed to bring to fruition the root meaning of philosophy – namely, the love of wisdom. In an age of specialised knowledge and the separation of disciplines, philosophy at Campion affirms the need for intellectual order and the systematisation and synthesis of knowledge.

Philosophers studied: Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Kuhn, Mill and more. Topics covered: medieval, moral and analytic philosophy, epistemology, the philosophy of language, metaphysics and more.

Theology

Theology is the study of religion. It examines the human experience of faith and is part philosophy, part history, part anthropology and also something entirely its own. Units of study at Campion are built on the foundations of faith and reason. They focus on Christian and Catholic teaching whilst examining the impact of Judeo-Christian values on human behaviour, expression and history.

Topics covered: theological foundations of Christian culture, major themes of the Old and New Testaments, revelation, sacramental and moral theology, Christian social ethics and more.

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