PREPARATION FOR BUSINESS IN
LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES
For about forty years small colleges in the United States have struggled with the question of special education for students who want to be business administrators or enterprisers. The question has been particularly trying for colleges devoted to the liberal arts tradition. No clear-cut answers have emerged from their experience during those forty years.
The liberal arts colleges cannot compete effectively with the
university schools of business in offering business administration
courses. They can, however, provide their students with excel-
lent preparation for actual business administration or later spe-
cialized study by providing suitable liberal arts subjects, espe-
cially economics, English, mathematics, history, government,
philosophy, psychology and sociology. Some colleges may find
it feasible to institute "prebusiness" programs consisting of
selected courses from these subject-matter fields.
|1.||1. In view of the rising demand for college education, should the liberal arts colleges decrease or increase their emphasis on subjects which are expected to provide "practical" preparation for business administration?|
|2.||2. Should the liberal arts colleges support the concept of business ad-|