The problems and issues that a student will face after leaving college are not simply those connected with a specific interest, career or professional calling. Instead, they arise out of a variety of interests and contexts in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
To live a full, purposeful human life, therefore, during his or her college career, each student must be helped to cultivate knowledge, skills, habits, and commitments that transcend any particular major or discipline. She or he must be provided with a general education, which will empower him or her to draw from and integrate multiple perspectives and ways of knowing in the service of addressing appreciating and acting upon real-life practical, ethical, political and spiritual challenges.
Such an education has traditionally been the goal of the liberal arts, which classically emphasized character development, versatility, breadth, independence, perspective, effective expression and critical thinking as essential for achieving lives of personal liberation and public service. Such an education has also traditionally been the goal of the liberal institutions in the Dominican tradition, where the need for study and reflection is joined with a requirement of action for the common good.
At Edgewood College, both of these traditions find concrete expression in the College Mission, which is to engage students within a community of learners committed to building a just and compassionate world and to educate them for meaningful personal and professional lives of ethical leadership, service and a lifelong search for truth. Because it reflects both the traditions of the College and the needs of the student in today’s world, this Mission is the foundation of all of the College’s curricular offerings and of its overall understanding of the shape of general education.