College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Matters

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2009 - 2010

Congratulations to Caleb Hamman, the winner of the 4th annual $1000 Liberal Arts Essay Contest! The contest offers students the chance to reflect on the value of a liberal arts education.

New technologies and social media offer the public a myriad of options for reading and writing, and the sharing of opinions and experiences has never been easier or more immediate. But the immediacy and ease of publication is fraught with pitfalls and potential issues that provide new challenges for the next generation of readers, writers, and thinkers. Consider the place of your liberal arts education in this mix and write an essay in which you analyze how that education has better prepared you as a consumer of, contributor to, and critic of the texts that flow from new media outlets.

Read Caleb's winning essay that addresses the prompt, The Importance of the Liberal Arts in a Digital Age,
" Mastering the Digital Age: How the Liberal Arts Can Turn Technology into Progress."