Learner Informed By the Liberal Arts
These artifacts provide a window on how I use tools from literature,the humanities, social and natural sciences, fine arts, and mathematics to synthesize new ideas and new ways of viewing old ideas.
The Greeks popularized the well-rounded study of the liberal arts. Scholars may be known for certain attainments, but most, if not all of the great Greek scholars endeavored to learn about various fields, not just the one that brought them fame. In turn, this broad course of study likely allowed them to make mental leaps and find similarities that other specialists may not have stumbled across. Likewise, Texas Christian University promotes a solid grounding in the liberal arts so that a student, even one of the natural sciences, may possess the grounding necessary. By deductive reasoning (and a little bit of syllogism), I have gained a well-rounded liberal arts education, allowing me to make utilize some methods from one field in a completely different field. For instance, I used a modified form of the evolutionary tree to explain the progression and differentiation of Christianity, also appropriating the concept of niches to explain religious differentiation for my Roman and Early Christian Thought course. I developed a computer macro to search for key terms and their abbreviations for a History research project. And finally, I was able to incorporate some Grecian war weapons into a dance paper. And here we are, back to the Greeks, come full circle.