Tuta Libertas. ”A bulwark of Liberty.” These are the words that John Dickinson used to describe Dickinson College. These words are important because they help guide Dickinson’s mission of a useful and progressive liberal arts education. Literacy can be defined as the ability to read and write coherently, and the ability to think critically about what you are reading and writing. Dickinson’s liberal arts education incorporates literacy into its curriculum by teaching students to think, read, write, and analyze coherently, critically, and freely.
A central part of this liberal arts education is the “writing culture”, which deepens critical thinking skills. The ability to read and write in this way gives students powerful tools to help them succeed in life beyond Dickinson, regardless of their major. In fact, the completion of a writing intensive course is required for graduation. Writing can be found as a component in most of Dickinson’s courses, from the first year seminar, to the writing intensive courses, up until the senior seminar. There are also additional resources available for students such as the Norman M. Eberly Writing Center and the Multilingual Writing Center. As we continue our Dickinson education, we become more and more literate across disciplines and in different fields of study. Tuta Libertas- the freedom to think, read, write, and analyze creates the basis for Dickinson College. Without it, Dickinson would not be what it is today…It’s no wonder that literacy plays such an important role in defining the character of Dickinson College.