How to Apply
Join the Honors Program!
The Honors Program at Fredonia supports academic excellence through innovative teaching and collaborative learning within and beyond the classroom. We are committed to a strong liberal arts curriculum as a way to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. Increasingly, however, we hear that a college education is simply a means to ensure future employment. Indeed, with the rising cost of college, the social and economic pressures to find meaningful employment after graducation has increased tremendously. The Honors Program at Fredonia take these issues seriously, but we also believe in a liberal arts curriculum is an essential part of a college education.
So as you imagine your college experience and place within the Honors Program, what do you think about a liberal arts education? Do you think it is valuable to your academic goals? Or do you think it is an impediment to your career objectives?
To help you think about these question, please consult the following short articles:
- Gina Barreca, "What’s an education for, anyway?" Seattle Times, December 9, 2018
- Willard Dix, "A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Important Than Ever," Forbes, November 16, 2016
- Irving Wladawsky-Berger, "What’s the Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Our 21st Century Digital Economy?" Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2016
- George Anders, "The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts," The Atlantic, August 1, 2017
Essays will be assessed on the how effectively the applicant addresses the prompt question and the quality of the writing. To be clear, we are not looking for a right answer. Rather we are interested in your views on the value (or lack thereof) of a liberal arts education.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director David Kinkela