Argument & Reflection: The Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education

Argument & Reflection: The Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education

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ESSAY 5: Research Essay Assignment

Argument & Reflection: The Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education

For this final paper, you will write an essay about the purpose or purposes of a “Liberal Arts” education. You may focus your essay on one or two particular elements

of such an education, like writing and reading literature, or you may speak about the idea of liberal arts more generally. There are a number of approaches you can

take, but you must construct a thoughtful, thesis-driven, organized and formal essay that argues for or against the value of liberal arts courses in your own

education, in the requirements of the college or a university, or both.

Use the research strategies and methods we discuss to find, evaluate, and contextualize information, which you will then use to build and support your persuasive

argument. You will need to utilize five sources (requirements below). You may also use one personal anecdote about your own educational experiences in liberal arts

courses.

Of course, a successful paper must do more than express your personal tastes or preferences. Your paper will use the components of argumentation we’ve discussed in

order to write effectively about this academic and policy debate. Whether you argue positively or negatively about the necessity of liberal arts courses, you must back

up your position with careful reasoning and support your claims with evidence. Work to write clearly and carefully about the purpose of the subject and its place in a

system of higher education.

Assigned Material & Texts to be considered:

• Assignment readings: the LEAP study; Robert Harris, “On the Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education”; Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”; and John Taylor

Gatto, “Against School.”

• Class readings from Units 1-4.

• PCC English Division’s homepage & a university’s College of Liberal Arts or Humanities website.

Required Sources: You are required to utilize and integrate at least five outside sources within your essay (two of which may be from the above listed assigned

readings). At least three sources are from your own academic research.

Robert Harris, “On the Purpose of a Liberal Arts Education”
https://www.virtualsalt.com/libarted.htm

Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”
https://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/33E95C33-A9D1-44D9-AB5C-30C932CCC2D6/0/MiddleSchoolText.pdf

John Taylor Gatto, “Against School.”
https://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm

PCC English Division’s Homepage
https://www.pasadena.edu/divisions/english/

A university’s College of Liberal Arts or Humanities website.
(Just search this on google and pick some of them)

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