Liberal Arts Law and Legal Definition

Liberal arts generally refers to a course of education in a college or university which focuses on imparting general knowledge and developing intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum. It is the study of humanities, arts and literature, language, and natural and physical sciences. It helps to develop a student’s rational thoughts and intellectual capacities.

Liberal arts colleges are educational institutions which emphasize a curriculum of undergraduate study in the liberal arts. Most U.S. universities and colleges offer ample liberal arts programs. Generally, a full-time, four-year course of study at a liberal arts college leads students to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Precise definitions and curriculum vary by institution.