Insight Into Liberal Arts Education in Business Schools: a Literature Review

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Insight Into Liberal Arts Education in
Business Schools: A Literature Review

BUSI 610

December 17, 2011


This literature review directly addresses the growing debate as to the integration of liberal arts studies into a business degree program. This paper will look at the historical context that the debate has followed as well as outline major factors of the debate and how they relate to each other. Finally, based on these literary finding, suggestions will be made as to the advancement of research regarding the topic as well as future areas of exploration.

Insight Into Liberal Arts Education in
Business Schools: A Literature Review

Introduction Liberal arts is best defined as an the collegiate education
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The Great Debate Liberal arts education, with relation to the business field, has brought about much attention in the last thirty years. The scope of the liberal arts field with relation to the business environment, while discussed in length for over a century, has just recently established itself as a larger debate than otherwise thought. The theory behind the liberal arts philosophy is the betterment of ones self through the ability to critically think and reason with logic so that there can be a greater connection into social participation (Cohen, 2009). The purpose of using this theory and applying it to the field of business education is to provide students with the ability to use the business knowledge they possess and conform it to the situations that they may face in the present (King and Baxter-Magolda, 1991). Pinsker (2009) states that the growth of a liberal arts mentality in a person helps to develop the “intellectual scaffolding” that holds them to deal with the challenges presented to them in everyday situations. The ultimate goal in joining the personal development concept with the role that person plays in a business role is that the business leader will be better equipped to participate in the cultural and intellectual arenas found the the practice of business (Fogarty, 2010). The form that Weisbuch (2007) presents this idea is that the study of liberal arts is a mere
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