New Students to Receive 'Novel' Introduction to Asbury

Asbury University offers 54 majors in 14 academic departments ranging from art to adventure leadership, computational mathematics to biology. This rich, diverse course of study both unites and distinguishes Asbury graduates as critical and creative thinkers within a liberal arts context.

This year — with the introduction of a new Liberal Arts Seminar — Asbury once again showcases its 120-year commitment to the liberal arts not only as a way of educating the mind, but also as a way to equip students with a whole-person university education to meet the challenges of the contemporary world with passion, intelligence, creativity, civic responsibility, and moral and spiritual courage.

“By adding the Seminar to the foundational education core, we hope to accomplish two things,” said Asbury English Professor Dan Strait. “We want students to know that Asbury is a place where asking hard questions is not only encouraged, but it’s also essential; and we want to begin knitting our new students into a vibrant community that engages minds and hearts.’”

Titled “Engaging the Liberal Arts: Why Asking ‘Why’ Matters,” the new one-credit class will feature facilitated small-group discussions preparing students for their course work and for reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel "The Remains of the Day." New students will engage in conversations on the nature of civic responsibility, the relationship between class, status and power, the purpose of work and career, and the difference between knowledge and information. Faculty members from various departments across the College of Arts and Sciences will lead the small groups.

Last fall, Asbury reorganized the undergraduate core curriculum to provide a framework through which each academic discipline can explore, with increased focus, important questions.

“At Asbury, we’re preparing you to navigate a rapidly changing economy and society,” said Dr. Steve Clements, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We’re preparing you for the challenges of life. Being able to engage in an informed and thoughtful way with other people over life’s big questions — questions like, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ or, ‘How do we organize society if every person bears the imprint of the Creator?’ — is essential to impacting the world for the kingdom of God, regardless of which career path you take.”

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