One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
plural nounNorth American
1Academic subjects such as literature, philosophy, mathematics, and social and physical sciences as distinct from professional and technical subjects.
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- ‘Those students were excluded from Newcomb College, which only included women in the liberal arts and sciences.’
- ‘For the past several decades our dedication to the liberal arts, to learning for its own sake, has been predominant.’
- ‘Nevertheless, Slovak parents generally advocated practical learning over an education in the sciences or liberal arts.’
- ‘In some aspects, colleges of agriculture are beginning to look more like colleges of liberal arts and sciences.’
- ‘Most of those working in the media have backgrounds in the liberal arts, not the sciences, so the case for maths and numeracy is often worse than poorly put - it is not put at all.’
- ‘For example, it took almost a decade to change the name of the college because of opposition from liberal arts and sciences.’
- ‘Among the most vulnerable programs may be those in the liberal arts, especially the humanities and social sciences.’
- ‘The only liberal arts that are growing are psychology and the biological sciences.’
- ‘Through the establishment of courses in humanities, management and economics, we expect to permeate liberal arts into the sciences.’
- ‘He argues that virtually all faculty in the liberal arts are Democrats.’
- ‘Students also will study mathematics, science, liberal arts and the humanities as part of the curriculum.’
- ‘The first five cover science and application, and the second five cover liberal arts, and career and personal development.’
- ‘The school is evaluated on the basis of its commitment to liberal arts and science education.’
- ‘For instance, professors in fields like computer science could receive more generous pay hikes than those in liberal arts.’
- ‘If he had been a man of the left, he would be teaching that subject at some small liberal arts college for $70,000 a year.’
- ‘Like the liberal arts, the sciences are increasingly engaged with a technical rather than a philosophical approach to their subjects.’
- ‘In most cases, this core included specified courses, or credit hours, in liberal arts and science fields, or both.’
- ‘Education during most of the 20th century divided, all too neatly, between liberal arts and the sciences.’
- ‘Duncan's conviction is hardly a surprise, given the fact that his own career has melded action and contemplation, science and liberal arts.’
- ‘In the native model, however, the influences of majoring in the liberal arts and health sciences were absent.’
- 1.1historical The medieval trivium and quadrivium.
- ‘These objects represent the seven liberal arts that provided the basis of a Renaissance education.’
Liberal, as distinct from servile or mechanical (i.e. involving manual labor) and originally referring to arts and sciences considered ‘worthy of a free man’; later the word related to general intellectual development rather than vocational training.
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