Structured Liberal Education (SLE)

Great Quotations

You... must look forward to death with confidence, and fix your minds on this one belief, which is certain: that nothing can harm a good person either in life or after death, and her fortunes are not a matter of indifference to the gods.

--PLATO, APOLOGY

If your head cannot contain you - lose it!

--RUMI 

Any pleasure is a remedy for sorrow (not necessarily the best remedy, but it does work).

--AQUINAS, SUMMA THEOLOGICA

Human beings all too often deceive themselves about freedom.  And just as freedom is considered one of the most sublime feelings, the corresponding disillusion is likewise one of the most sublime.

--KAFKA, "REPORT TO AN ACADEMY"

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

--WILLIAM BLAKE, THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL

The true college will ever have one goal,--not to earn meat, but to know the end and aim of that life which meat nourishes.

--W.E.B. DUBOIS, THE Souls of BlACK FOLK

Sweep away all with the broom of ‘NO!’

--RUMI, SEVEN SERMONS

Program Overview

Sometimes called ‘a liberal arts college experience’ within the University, Structured Liberal Education (SLE) is a residence-based academic program that encourages students to live a life of ideas in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical thinking and interpretation. Focusing on great works of philosophy, religion, literature, painting, and film drawn largely, but not exclusively, from the Western tradition, the SLE curriculum places particular emphasis on artists and intellectuals who brought new ways of thinking and new ways of creating into the world, often overthrowing prior traditions in the process. These are the works that redefined beauty, challenged the authority of conventional wisdom, raised questions of continuing importance to us today, and—for good or ill—created the world we still live in.

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