College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Matters

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest, 2014-2015

The prompt for this year's essay is: Vision for the Future

In describing Butler 2020 ( the university makes use of six different verbs to articulate the university's vision for its future, a vision deeply informed by and invested in the liberal arts. Select one of the verbs that are part of the vision for Butler 2020 and write an essay describing how your liberal arts education has made that verb part of your own vision for the future. In other words, think about and illustrate how you will be better able to enact that verb as a result of your liberal arts education.

Contest Requirements:

Limit yourself to 1000 words and submit your essay as an attachment by January 31, 2015 to  Essays over 1000 words will not be considered!  The format of your paper should conform to the following standards:

  • Single spaced
  • One inch margins
  • Twelve point font
  • Conventional book-print fonts, such as Times, New Times Roman, Lucinda Bright, etc. No novelty fonts.
  • Title your attachment Lastname_FirstNameLAScontest.doc.
  • Make sure that your e-mail includes contact information (name, address, phone number, email address). Do not include your name or contact information within the file, as these essays will be blind-reviewed.

Your submission will almost certainly be richer if you avail yourself of the resources and commentaries posted at the Liberal Arts Matters web site. You are not expected necessarily to agree with these commentaries or to quote from them, but reading them will certainly help deepen and vary your thinking about the topic. Please note that by submitting an entry, you are giving us permission to post your essay on the Liberal Arts and Sciences web site.