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Students must take required General Education courses at Ramapo Collegebefore they are allowed to graduate with a degree These GenEd coursesare considered part of a liberal education according to John HenryNewman a cardinal and founder of the Catholic University of IrelandThey provide students with a broad knowledge of a range of subjectswithout any real practical application as opposed to a servileeducation which can be used for a practical application Ramapo Collegeis succeeding in delivering a liberal arts education as defined byNewman in Knowledge Its Own End through its GenEd curriculumespecially through specific GenEd courses an intellectual atmosphereand the aspiration of becoming a gentleman Newman 58 To begin Ramapo Colleges First Year Seminar FYS classes and CollegeEnglish classes are part of the required General Education curriculumFYS encourages new students to participate in a community of learnersto strengthen their critical thinking skills and to communicateeffectively both orally and in writing while the College Englishclasses will strengthen students critical reading and writingskills Ramapo College of New Jersey These classes may provideexercises of mind of reason of reflection as according toNewman but it does not provide students with any practical applicationsfor the real world Newman 56 Thus they are considered part of aliberal education This liberal knowledge offered by Ramapo Collegewill teach students key discussion tools and ways of thinking in thesespecific classes but they will not be able to use these tools later onin their livesSecondly the General Education program at Ramapo College while viewedin its entirety can be considered a Liberal Education There is not oneclass in the program that will specifically aid students in getting ajob in the future After all Liberal Education viewed in itselfis simply the cultivation of the intellect as such and its object isnothing more or less than intellectual excellence Newman 58 Thereare no practical uses for this kind of education It will encouragestudents to think intelligently to think outside the box but will nothelp them to score a job in the
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