Designed to help free citizens participate in civic life
Promotes free thinking through critical analysis
Medieval Universities Codified Seven Liberal Arts
Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic
Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, Astronomy
Grinnell and the Liberal Arts Mission
The College's founders in 1846 wanted to build a community that prepared students "for the different professions and for the honorable discharge of the duties of life."
We believe that knowledge is a good to be pursued both for its own sake and for the intellectual, moral, and physical well-being of individuals and of society at large.
Excellence in Education
varied forms of learning, in and out of the classroom and beyond college
creative and critical thinking stimulated by the free, open exchange of ideas
education that reflects on its own process
A Diverse Community
a wide diversity of people and perspectives
personal, egalitarian, and respectful interactions among all members of the community
social responsibility and actions
self-governance and personal responsibility
learning from and communicating with the world beyond the campus
lifelong connections that support friendship, work, and learning
The Six Elements of a Liberal Arts Education at Grinnell
Writing and Communication
Human Behavior and Society
Grinnell's individually advised curriculum allows students to chart their own journey through the liberal arts. Students work closely with their faculty advisers to design a course of study that engages with each of the Six Elements of a Liberal Education while pursuing intensive study of a discipline through academic majors and concentrations.
The Lasting Value of a Liberal Arts Education
4 out of 5
employers say students need broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences
of employers say students need broad knowledge and specific skills for long-term career success
of employers agree communication, critical thinking, and complex problem solving skills matter more than undergraduate major
Why we Believe in the Liberal Arts
A liberal arts education empowers students to develop valuable skills.
Employers need the liberals arts.
We want to live in a world shaped by life-long learners and critical thinkers.