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Liberal arts - Britannica Concise Encyclopædia

22 Aug 2018

College or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum.

In Classical antiquity, the term designated the education proper to a freeman (Latin liber, “free”) as opposed to a slave. In the medieval Western university, the seven liberal arts were grammar, rhetoric, and logic (the trivium) and geometry, arithmetic, music, and astronomy (the quadrivium). In modern colleges and universities, the liberal arts include the study of literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, and science.

More on "liberal arts" from Britannica Concise:

Davidson College - Private liberal arts college in Davidson, North Carolina, U.S., founded in 1837.

Middlebury College - Private liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vt., founded in 1800.

Pratt Institute - Private institution of higher learning in Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.

Bryn Mawr College - Private women's liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, Pa., near Philadelphia.

Colgate University - Private university in Hamilton, N.Y.

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