Liberal arts education is very different from anything available at most UK higher education establishments. Rather than focusing on one subject in isolation, it emphasises breadth. Also, it sees all knowledge as connected, each aspect informing the whole.
The core of this education has traditionally been the seven liberal arts: the core disciplines of language - grammar, logic and rhetoric - as well as the arts of number including geometry and arithmetic. Philosophy and theology form an integral part of the Benedictus curriculum as students seek to understand the relationship that all studies have to what we can know about ourselves, the world and about God.
A liberal arts education will teach students to contribute to the continuing conversation of Western culture, exploring truth through dialogue. It forms a community of scholarship, introducing students to what Matthew Arnold called 'the best which has been thought and said in the world'.
The wide-ranging nature of this view of knowledge gives liberal arts education a unique coherence. It allows Benedictus to offer a fully rounded education for all, in the form of a single course in which all students read and study the same modules together.
An education in the liberal arts introduces students to the joy of learning for its own sake, equipping them to participate in the intellectual current running through Western civilisation. This is a great gift that will enrich the whole of a student's future life.
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