I believe that general education should foster genuine interdisciplinary thinking by introducing university
students to the spectrum of scholarly inquiry and asking them to make
connections, draw conclusions, and conceptualize knowledge with respect to it. The purpose of general education is “not so
much about [giving students] the dots themselves as the ways in which one might
connect them.” Whereas a smorgasbord or the so-called “cafeteria approach” may
expose students to subjects and ways of thinking beyond their majors, it does
not actively encourage students to make cross-disciplinary connections and
ultimately supports disciplinary exclusivity.