Science Faculty Weigh in on “Why Liberal Arts?”

By Marcus Hughes ’18 

When I told my friends at home that I was going to Williams College to study science, some of them asked me why I was choosing not to go to a STEM-oriented college. Their curiosity got me thinking.

Why study science at a liberal arts institution? Why teach science at a liberal arts institution?  What are the benefits of a liberal arts education for science students?

To explore these questions, we decided to survey the Williams science faculty to find out why they teach at Williams and what they think about liberal arts.  Many of the responses confirmed what we already know, while others highlighted the pros and cons of a Williams education specifically for science students.

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