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The Concept

Putting the liberal arts into practice means synthesizing knowledge gained within the classroom with experiences beyond its walls. By learning how to transfer knowledge to new settings through reflection and self-assessment, students build on prior experiences in order to ethically and thoughtfully confront new challenges and to take full advantage of opportunities that open up for them.

Liberal Arts at Beloit College

The Liberal Arts in Practice Center serves as a clearinghouse of opportunities to practice the liberal arts by providing information about available options and who to talk to in order to pursue those options. The Center is also designed to be a catalyst for advancing a liberal arts in practice approach to learning. The Liberal Arts in Practice Center is staffed by professionals who can give good advice about how to locate, structure, and leverage liberal arts in practice experiences. Center staff will be more than happy to consult with you about how to get the most out of your Beloit College education.

The LAP Developmental Model illustrates the developmental trajectory we aim for our students to move through during their time at Beloit. By participating in one or multiple entry points during your first year, you develop the agency to take charge of your college experience. With thoughtful planning, you can in engage in educational experiences inside and outside the classroom that connect and build on each other. Reflection allows you to deepen your learning in various contexts. This ultimately allows you to transfer your learning across subjects and situations. At the heart of all of this is a focus on the strong advising relationship between students and faculty.

Offices and Resources

Liberal Arts in Practice runs through the workings of Beloit. There are several offices in particular that are dedicated to the realization of the Liberal Arts in Practice. Learn about resources offered through these offices below.

For Beloit College Students

  • Liberal Arts in Practice Center (LAPC) offers Beloit students resources for everything from career development, community based learning, and volunteering, to grant funding for summer opportunities.
  • Center for Entrepreneurship (CELEB) houses technology, equipment, and amenities for Beloit students to originate, plan, and execute entrepreneurial projects and develop necessary skills for self-employment.
  • Office of International Education (OIE) connects Beloit students with off-campus study opportunities, coordinates the Weissberg Program, and helps international students work and intern legally in the United States.

For High School Students

  • Help Yourself is a community outreach initiative for low-income, minority, marginalized and under-represented youth in the Greater Beloit area funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
  • Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides high school students with educational opportunities designed to prepare them for college.