Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: March 30, 2020
Date of Second Reading: April 27, 2020
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (CCETL) – for the establishment of a graduate degree - MA in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The MA in Classical Liberal Education and Leadership provides an immersive encounter with primary texts of philosophy, literature, politics, mathematics, and science. This encounter will occur through slow and careful reading, deliberate reflection, and guided discussion of the most thought-provoking and influential texts in human history. In a modern world increasingly separated from an appreciation of fundamentally human experiences and questions, such a course of study answers a growing social demand for balance in education and society. Students who complete this degree program will be equipped to lead more fulfilling lives as lifelong learners. They will also be prepared for jobs as educators, particularly in the rapidly growing sector of “classical” education. In this growing sector of the education industry, and in the education reform movement more broadly, there is an increasing call for content-focused teacher education programs, to which this program will respond.