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liberal arts

pl.n.
1. Academic disciplines, including literature, history, languages, philosophy, mathematics, and general sciences, viewed in contrast to professional and technical disciplines.
2. The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.

[Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin artēs liberālēs, the trivium and quadrivium : Latin artēs, pl. of ars, subject of study + līberālēs, pl. of līberālis, proper to free persons.]

liberal arts

pl n
(Education) the fine arts, humanities, sociology, languages, and literature. Often shortened to: arts

lib′eral arts′


n.pl.
1. academic college courses providing general knowledge and comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
2. (during the Middle Ages) studies comprising the quadrivium and trivium.
[1745–55; translation of Latin artēs līberālēs works befitting a free man]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
neoclassicism - revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism - a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms; "classicism often derived its models from the ancient Greeks and Romans"
Romantic Movement, Romanticism - a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization; "Romanticism valued imagination and emotion over rationality"
English - the discipline that studies the English language and literature
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
art history - the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
chronology - the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
Occidentalism - the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
Oriental Studies, Orientalism - the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
literary study - the humanistic study of literature
library science - the study of the principles and practices of library administration
philology, linguistics - the humanistic study of language and literature
musicology - the scholarly and scientific study of music
Sinology - the study of Chinese history and language and culture
stemmatics, stemmatology - the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis); "stemmatology also plays an important role in musicology"; "transcription errors are of decisive importance in stemmatics"
trivium - (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
quadrivium - (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
References in classic literature ?
Decretals digested, he flung himself upon medicine, on the liberal arts.
As a consequence, the study of humanities subjects like literature and philosophy, the backbone of a quality liberal arts education, is in terminal decline.
Although the importance of the liberal arts is self-evident to many, the present crisis in the humanities has revealed the need for better defenses of their unique goals and worth.
The unemployment rate for liberal arts graduates between the ages of 21 and 30 was 5.
The current discussion takes place in this context of long-running historical debate concerning not only the ideal curriculum but also the purpose and usefulness of a liberal arts education.
The other issue within that mix is that colleges which purvey a liberal arts education represent a very small sector of a system that hasn't had strong advocacy.
The liberal arts encourage mastery of these challenges through exposure to a wide range of disciplines.
This definition is obviously generic enough to apply to virtually every liberal arts college in the country, including the very religious ones, and that's part of the problem.
Understanding the internship as a form of praxis, or theory-informed action (Arnett & Arneson, 1999), provides a philosophical background for internships consistent with a liberal arts education within the Catholic tradition and is consistent with the growing literature on the nature and function of internships, which are said to work best as an integral part of the educational experience (Cantor, 1995).
5] Ishiyama and Breuning, "A Survey of International Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities in the Midwest," 136.
Meanwhile, a team of faculty and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences could receive as much as $2.

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