What a college education "means" in 2014
June 18, 2014 6:47 PM Subscribe
What is the basic cultural literacy and knowledge a post-collegiate adult "should" have in 2014? Are there certain humanities subjects you assume or expect everyone in your college-educated social circle to have a baseline understanding of - semiotics? Critical theory? Familiarity with a bunch of poetry, drama, novels, sociological texts, art, music? None of that?
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I never had a humanities / liberal arts education and I'm wondering what precisely it means for someone to be "college educated" today. What knowledge is expected by that phrase? What does any of this mean in an increasingly fragmented, pluralistic world that requires specialized knowledge to have a decent understanding of any topic? Are there no such assumptions about a college education that are or should be valid? Is there something fundamentally classist or elitist about expecting a "basic humanities education" (in the classical
sense of that word - Rhetoric, Logic, Philosophy, etc.) from someone who has graduated college?