liberal arts


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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
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Decretals digested, he flung himself upon medicine, on the liberal arts. He studied the science of herbs, the science of unguents; he became an expert in fevers and in contusions, in sprains and abcesses.
Liberal Arts are seen as professions which need the broad spectrum of painting, decoration and so on.
As a result, liberal arts, or social sciences as they are also called, have been reduced to the level of being the Cinderella of college education.
The fact is, innovation needs the liberal arts, and the discipline, focus, and skill set that comes with serious study of them.
A liberal arts education was meant to benefit not just the individual, but also the whole of society by teaching the methods of evidence-based inquiry and argumentation.
In an effort to combat this growing challenge, liberal arts programs are implementing creative solutions to attract and retain STEM students, which requires innovative design of existing buildings or new construction to revive student enrollment.
Liberty Liberal Arts Academy is a private Christian hybrid school that meets weekly at the church during the school year.
There is a new normal for most institutions of higher learning, and tuition-driven liberal arts colleges are, or should be, at the forefront of the change.
Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Since liberal arts graduates are not as in demand as those who studied science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, they are often perceived as inferior and less likely to land a job.
Particularly during the last recession, Perkins said, she found the concept of a liberal arts education frequently under assault.
This means that they must be equipped to be lifelong learners, and a liberal arts education is specifically designed to give students the underpinning that will enable them to adjust to change and ideally to be agents of change rather than its victims, he says.

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