Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Redefining the Humanities in a Small Liberal Arts College

Dr. Amy Lorenz, Dr George Kritzman.

Like many small, liberal arts colleges in the U.S., Loras College has been greatly concerned about the impact of the current economic climate and the decrease in the population from which we have traditionally drawn our students. Recognizing the need to retain our liberal arts identity and to promote the study of liberal arts in a culture which is too often driven by those who see only direct connections between a student's chosen major and a job for that student when s/he leaves college, we have developed an entirely new curriculum which speaks to specific student dispositions (active learning/reflective thinking/ethical decision-making/responsible contribution) and professors have created new courses which fit into specific paradigms as opposed to our former curriculum, where the students chose courses "cafeteria style" to fulfill General Education requirements. We will discuss the new/old curricula, the corresponding shift in institutional organization, the shift in teaching pedagogy and present a specific course developed with these new strategies in mind.


Dr. Amy Lorenz  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Loras College

Dr George Kritzman

  • Curriculum change
  • Liberal arts
  • Student dispositions for learning

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)