The True Liberal Arts Education
Dwight Hunter,  Library Assistant at Chattanooga State
Technical Community College, TN
o what are "liberal arts" supposed to be?
Unfortunately, for so many people in college learning how to
apply writing skills, the traditional liberal arts programs
are ignored for other programs. Instead, liberal arts has
become to mean core required courses for freshmen. The
traditional liberal arts were grammar, logic, rhetoric,
arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.
The first three were called the trivium. All writers and
other communicators should receive a fundamental training
in the trivium. Few writers today get a solid foundation
in the trivium, and it shows in menus, advertisements,
essays, research papers, and the list could continue.
Grammar, logic and rhetoric can be applied every day; the
trivium is truly a good, solid liberal arts education.