A liberal education at Transylvania teaches students to think and learn beyond their specific areas of study and into other disciplines. As a result, they are encouraged to apply what they study in class to real-world issues and problems, with the idea that learning is a life-long process and not just relegated to the classroom walls.
Classes at Transylvania are small—the average class size is 17 and many have fewer than 10 students—so class discussion can be free and interactive. A biology discussion may move into the area of bioethics, and a lecture on literature may become a conversation on psychology. As political science professor and director of the Center for Liberal Education at Transylvania Jeff Freyman said, “By expanding what students know, liberal education widens their appreciation of life’s possibilities.”