Research Article
Issue Date: April 1984
Published Online: April 01, 1984
Updated: April 30, 2020
The Liberal Arts Connection
Author Affiliations
  • Edward R. Pierce, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Professor and Director, Division of Allied Health Sciences, and Associate Dean, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46223
Article Information
Research Article   |   April 01, 1984
The Liberal Arts Connection
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1984, Vol. 38, 237-244.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1984, Vol. 38, 237-244.
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The study of liberal arts has, from the beginning of higher education in this country, prepared professionals for their practice. Liberal arts studies are essential for defining a career, making a career choice, and developing career skills. Also, liberal arts studies are necessary for occupational therapists to make the appropriate interconnections needed to develop a perspective that allows the therapist to be professionally competent. This perspective equips the therapist with the ability to move appropriately from the individual self-interest level to the occupational therapy community self-welfare level of functioning and behavior. The author believes that the conjoining of occupational theory, occupational practice, and liberal arts studies will ensure continued survival and viability of occupational therapy by preparing future responsive educated practitioners.