The liberal arts and sciences are crucial to a well-rounded education, providing students with knowledge and skills that are essential for personal and professional growth. By studying the liberal arts and sciences, students develop critical thinking, cultural awareness, communication skills, creativity, empathy, and personal growth, all valuable assets in today’s changing world. These skills are crucial for navigating complex issues to make informed decisions.
VCUarts Qatar’s Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) program fosters a deeper understanding of the world’s cultures, histories, and traditions, and encourages students to think creatively and explore new ideas. Here, students learn to question assumptions, analyze evidence, and engage in rigorous and independent thinking.
How does studying LAS help aspiring artists and designers?
Liberal arts and sciences courses are particularly valuable for artists and designers. They help develop a deeper understanding of human nature and society. For example:
Studying history can provide artists with insights into the cultural and societal contexts that shaped previous artistic movements.
Courses such as mathematics and logic can teach students how to approach problems and develop solutions systematically.
Communication and writing can help students effectively articulate their ideas and intentions.
Studying natural and physical sciences opens students’ minds to the complexities of the world and enable analytical thinking.
As a VCUarts Qatar student, you will engage in the ConnectED general education curriculum.
ConnectED expands the horizons of students, both inside and outside the classroom. You can find more information at connected.vcu.edu
ConnectEd Curriculum Requirements
Foundations of Learning requirements
Foundations of Learning courses ensure a solid basis in competencies and skills, setting you up for success in the classroom and beyond.
These skills include:
Global and cultural responsiveness
Problem-solving (critical and creative)
Areas of Inquiry requirements
As the main organizational structure behind ConnectED, the Areas of Inquiry introduce students to a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, building essential core skills.
The Areas of Inquiry are:
Creativity, innovation, and aesthetic inquiry
Diversities in the human experience
Scientific and logical reasoning
The Breadth of Knowledge requirements
The Breadth of Knowledge requirements ensure that, as part of your general education experience, you have an introduction to and understanding of three distinct areas:
Humanities and fine arts
Social behavior sciences
These subject areas align with VCU’s accreditation body (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) and its requirements for general education programs.
Students learn from LAS faculty who are accomplished scholars in diverse disciplines, from creative writing and nanotechnology to Lie algebra and linguistics. These faculty have created a fruitful transaction between their teaching and research and the reciprocal manner in which they inform each other. Some of their outstanding and impactful research can be explored here:
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