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Earl St. Denis: Liberal Studies

Alumnus Focus

After completing his BA in Liberal Studies, Earl St. Denis returned to his previous successful career in engineering. He lives on Gabriola Island, near Nanaimo, and travels extensively.

“My profession is engineering, which has provided me with an excellent training and career, but little education. Thanks to Liberal Studies, I read difficult material with enhanced comprehension and speed, communicate more effectively, and articulate my thoughts in a more reasoned manner. I credit not only the classical works we studied, but also the pedagogical process of seminars, lectures and essay writing.

“Thanks to [VIU]'s Liberal Studies program, I know a little about the contributions made by each of the giants of Western thought: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton... I am grateful to the Liberal Studies faculty for making such a rich learning experience possible.”