Why Liberal Arts?


From Breadth Through Depth to Perspective

At its inception in 1950, Harpur College immortalized its guiding philosophy — "From Breadth through Depth to Perspective" — on a bronze tablet, still prominently displayed on a granite boulder at the center of campus. Harpur College remains committed to a curriculum that is informed by this ethos.

Each Harpur College student follows a unique program, yet also builds upon an innovative General Education curriculum that stresses a broad base of knowledge as well as writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. At the same time, these students select a major that provides an in-depth understanding of content and problem-solving skills in an area of specialization.

As a result, Harpur College students gain an understanding of themselves in relation to our global society and the natural and physical world, and they are challenged to exercise the essential techniques of logical thinking, efficient communication and scientific reasoning and analysis. They also gain an appreciation of different cultures and viewpoints and become effective decision makers.