Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Writing and Rhetoric
© 2023 Clare B Martin
Since its release, ChatGPT, a chatbot specialized in writing content and answering questions in response to user prompts, has posed an unclear threat to liberal arts institutions. Can it serve as an effective tool for cheating? Can its responses replace work done in the liberal arts? This thesis argues that ChatGPT’s limitations—particularly its inability to think critically—prevent it from replacing real liberal arts work, which involves questioning, critique, and re-examination. If anything, this thesis suggests, ChatGPT can push liberal arts institutions to better promote critical thinking by serving as a litmus test for liberal arts-level work.
Martin, Clare B., "“My Purpose is to Assist”: How ChatGPT Can Push Liberal Arts Institutions to Think Critically About Themselves" (2023). Scripps Senior Theses. 2070.