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3 Strategies for Selecting Electives as a Liberal Arts Student

3 Strategies for Selecting Electives as a Liberal Arts Student | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
From challenging yourself to selecting something new, check out this blog for some tips on choosing elective courses.
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For liberal arts students, there are a lot of factors that can come into play when choosing electives. The weight of your course load, the availability and how close you are to graduating are all factors that can affect the way you select your elective courses.

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3 Reasons Classic Lit is Still Relevant in the 21st Century

3 Reasons Classic Lit is Still Relevant in the 21st Century | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover the ways that classic literature still has an influence on how we view and interact with the world around us!
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These days, many of us are scrambling for our smartphones to read tweets and newsfeeds before we even get out of bed. It's safe to say that in the information age, almost everyone's a reader. Although it's good to stay informed, how much of the "information" most people spend their time reading is actually enriching?

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Don’t Believe These Myths About Liberal Arts Education!

Don’t Believe These Myths About Liberal Arts Education! | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
From student demographics to practical applications, discover some of the major myths surrounding liberal arts education - and why you shouldn't believe them!
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There seems to be quite a bit of misinformation floating around about the value of a liberal arts education. More often than not, students who wish to enroll in a liberal arts college are met with pessimistic comments like "Your degree won't work in this economy", or "You'll end up with too much debt and no job after graduation." In some corners, the liberal arts have gotten a pretty bad rap - but why?

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A Liberal Arts Student’s Guide to Overcoming Writer’s Block

A Liberal Arts Student’s Guide to Overcoming Writer’s Block | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover a few useful tips to try when experiencing writers' block on that next essay!
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Struggling with writer's block can be one of the most frustrating things liberal arts students can face.

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Summer in Chicago: A Quick Guide for Shimerians

Summer in Chicago: A Quick Guide for Shimerians | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover a few great ways that liberal arts students can spend their summer days in the city!
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Summer has finally arrived and it's time for liberal arts students to take a well-deserved break.

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Controversial Scientists of the Middle Ages

Controversial Scientists of the Middle Ages | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover which scientists left their mark on history during the Dark Ages, and which of their works are still studied at great books colleges.
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During most of the Middle Ages, the development of new scientific theories came to a halt. 

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Modern Works Inspired by Great Books: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

Modern Works Inspired by Great Books: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is not only a standard for great books colleges—it is also an inherent part of our modern culture.
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Great books are works of fiction or fact which continuously pass the test of time, and hold significance to society and mankind.

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4 Most Influential Philosophers of the Renaissance

4 Most Influential Philosophers of the Renaissance | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Renaissance philosophy had a huge impact that can still be felt today. Here are four of the most influential thinkers of the era.
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There’s no doubt that the European Renaissance, which lasted from the 14th to the 17th century, had a huge impact on the arts, culture, and human development.

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A Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago

A Trip to the Art Institute of Chicago | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Shimer students get free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premier museums in the world. Here’s why you should go.
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Studying at a great books college means not only will you get to read some of the greatest works of literature—you will also get to study and enjoy great works of art and music.

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Great Chicago Scientists

Great Chicago Scientists | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Notable scientists both past and present have called Chicago home. Here are a few of the most distinguished.
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Liberal arts is all about the greats. The great thinkers and writers in fields like humanities, philosophy, the arts and politics are all recognized by students studying at a great books college.

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Staying in Chicago for Spring Break? Here’s What You Can Do

Staying in Chicago for Spring Break? Here’s What You Can Do | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
From art to Irish culture to the theater, Chicago has plenty to offer you this spring break.
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It’s almost that time of year again. The time when your liberal arts college in Chicago invites you to take a break from your pursuit of a liberal arts bachelor degree for a week.

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History is Formed in Chicago: The Haymarket Square Riot

History is Formed in Chicago: The Haymarket Square Riot | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Have you heard about Haymarket? It was the watershed moment for the US labour movement and it happened right in Chicago.
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Back in 1886, this was the scene of the watershed moment for the American labour movement, the Haymarket Riot which would bring workers’ rights, justice, capitalism, personal freedom and the public good to the forefront of discourse. It was as if the concepts born in the works of Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill and other thinkers whose ideas comprise any solid liberal arts education were at war on the streets of Chicago.

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The Mayors of Chicago and the Contemporary American Political Story (Part 2)

The Mayors of Chicago and the Contemporary American Political Story (Part 2) | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
More fascinating mayors of Chicago and what they tell us about the political process.
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A solid liberal arts education includes a in-depth understanding of both the western political tradition as well as politics in a modern, international context. 

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Landing a Great Job as a Recent Liberal Arts Grad

Landing a Great Job as a Recent Liberal Arts Grad | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover ways in which a liberal arts education gives you a competitive advantage for landing a great job in any industry!
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Recent technological advancements have driven many students to pursue majors in science, engineering, technology and math. However, CEOs across various industries know that liberal arts graduates are also considered valuable assets to most companies.

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Speed Reading Tips for the Liberal Arts Student

Speed Reading Tips for the Liberal Arts Student | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover ways to read faster while retaining more information, so you can get the most out of your reading assignments!
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The majority of a liberal arts student's time is spent either reading books, discussing books, or thinking about books they haven't yet read. Sometimes, nothing beats kicking back and slowly relishing every sentence. 

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Market Your Liberal Arts Degree With These Essential Tips

Market Your Liberal Arts Degree With These Essential Tips | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover how liberal arts students leverage their skill-set, market their strengths, and boost their career prospects!
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In today’s rapidly evolving economy, a liberal arts education doesn’t always pave the way to one specific occupation. After all, a university degree is about building a diverse range of knowledge and abilities, which can open doors to a variety of occupations. Many undergraduates aren’t entirely sure what they will “do” with their degree after graduating, but instead focus on learning as much as they can about their subject area.

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A Liberal Arts Student’s Guide to Completing a Great Senior Thesis

A Liberal Arts Student’s Guide to Completing a Great Senior Thesis | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Read on to discover how you can find an advisor, perform research and avoid burn out while writing your senior thesis.
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Liberal arts students know that a senior thesis is an in-depth analysis of a topic, usually in a specialized field of study.

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Classroom Debate and Student-Led Government: The Shimer Model

Classroom Debate and Student-Led Government: The Shimer Model | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover how the Shimer College education model encourages the productive exchange of ideas!
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Academia is a setting where students can learn to think critically. Pursuing a college education should encourage us to develop our own ideas, and give us a forum in which to back them up through challenging discussions on a consistent basis.

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How Students Can Improve Memory Using Techniques from the Ancient World

How Students Can Improve Memory Using Techniques from the Ancient World | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Discover the techniques people used in ancient times to improve their memory—no paper or pencil required!
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As a student, you probably have numerous examples of situations where a better memory would have been useful. Aside from school-related research, studying and homework, there are many everyday examples that are overlooked.

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What Exactly Are Comps in a Liberal Arts College?

What Exactly Are Comps in a Liberal Arts College? | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Comps, or comprehensive exams, are an integral part of the liberal arts college experience—but what are they exactly?
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Whether you’re just starting out at your liberal arts college or have already made it through a semester or two, you have probably heard the term “comps” mentioned a few times.

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5 Controversial and Dangerously Optimistic Poets

5 Controversial and Dangerously Optimistic Poets | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Poets can be controversial and dangerously optimistic. Here are five of the most notable status-quo challengers.
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Studying at a liberal arts college in Chicago gives you a real appreciation not only for the greats who honed their craft in their individual field, but for those who also took great risks.

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Modern Works Inspired by Great Books Volume 3: Milton’s Paradise Lost

Modern Works Inspired by Great Books Volume 3: Milton’s Paradise Lost | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Milton’s Paradise Lost is a part of our culture in more ways than one.
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When you study at a great books college, you start to see the influence of the wonderful works you read well beyond the doors of your liberal arts university in Chicago.

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Liberal Arts in the Workforce: How to Leverage Your Soft Skills

Liberal Arts in the Workforce: How to Leverage Your Soft Skills | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
A liberal arts education helps to develop soft skills, which are in high demand in today’s workforce.
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Students attending liberal arts college in Chicago know they’re getting a top-notch education.

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Modern Works Inspired by Great Books Volume 2: Homer

Modern Works Inspired by Great Books Volume 2: Homer | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
We continue with great books that are now part of our culture in modern works. For Volume 2, we look at Homer.
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One of the main things you learn at liberal arts college in Chicago is just how important the great books are to a solid liberal arts education.

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Bring a Bit of Chicago to Oxford: Study Abroad Options for Shimerians

Bring a Bit of Chicago to Oxford: Study Abroad Options for Shimerians | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Shimer gives students a chance to complete a part of their studies abroad in Oxford. Find out more.
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On your road to a liberal arts bachelor degree, you’ve probably noticed that a solid liberal arts education goes right back to the source—the original great works themselves. But did you know that Shimer students have a chance to literally travel to where these great books originated from? Yes, that’s right, third and fourth year students have the opportunity to study abroad in London, England, in the hallowed halls of Oxford University.

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