In a conversation over coffee last Friday morning, one of our distinguished alums, now retired, mused about his education at Samford. He was exuberant about Samford’s past, present, and future—but he reserved his highest praise for the core curriculum and general education. Assailed throughout much of the marketplace today as irrelevant and burdensome, it was these courses which, throughout a successful career, still brought a gleam to the eyes of the man sitting across the table from me. Like many of us who tended to take our general education courses for granted, he now understands that they were the elements which helped him to see across continents and lives to find understanding and hope.
The world is better because of those who labor (and learn) in the vineyard of the core curriculum and general education.