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    Liberal arts college

    Post  Guest on Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:44 am


    A liberal arts college is one with a primary emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences.
    Students in the liberal arts generally major in a particular discipline while receiving exposure to a wide range of academic subjects, including sciences as well as the traditional humanites subjects taught as liberal arts.
    A "liberal arts" institution can be defined as a "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting broad general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum."[1] Although what is known today as the liberal arts college began in Europe[2], the term is commonly associated with the United States. Prominent examples in the US include the so-called Little Three and Little Ivy colleges in New England and the surviving, predominantly female Seven Sisters colleges along the northeastern seaboard, but similar institutions are found all over the country.


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    Liberal arts colleges are found in countries all over the world as well. Examples of such colleges are Bishop's University in Canada, European College of Liberal Arts in Germany and University College Utrecht in the Netherlands. However, especially in Europe, many topics covered in the general education conveyed at American liberal arts colleges are also addressed in specialized secondary schools. The “liberal arts college experience” is typically American, and attempts to transfer it to other countries have largely failed.
    The “liberal arts college experience” in the US is characterized by three main aspects that demarcate it from undergraduate experiences in other countries:

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