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The Baccalaureate Degree
Lycoming College is committed to
the principle that a liberal arts education
is the ideal foundation for an informed
and productive life. The liberal arts -
including the fine arts, the humanities,
mathematics, the natural and social
sciences - have created the social,
political, economic and intellectual
systems which help define contemporary
existence. Therefore, it is essential that
students grasp the modes of inquiry
and knowledge associated with these
disciplines.
Consequently, the baccalaureate
degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of
Science) is conferred upon the student
who has completed an educational
program incorporating the two principles
of the liberal arts known as distribution
and concentration. The objective of
the distribution principle is to insure
that the student achieves breadth in
learning through the study of the major
dimensions of human inquiry: the
humanities, the social sciences, and the
natural sciences. The objective of the
concentration principle is to provide
depth of learning through completion of
a program of study in a given discipline
or subject area known as the major. The
effect of both principles is to impart
knowledge, inspire inquiry and
encourage creative thought. Members
of the Lycoming community – from
senior administrators to faculty, staff and
students - are quick to articulate the value
of the liberal arts and their importance in
the Lycoming experience.
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