Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Liberal arts isn’t only a type of school, it can also be a general degree that allows for exploration in a multitude of topics, from business to science to humanities to philosophy. It will also include mathematics, science, literature, art, religion, and anthropology all in equal measures—since there are no “major” requirements, per se, students can take a wide variety of classes without as much worry regarding course type. A liberal arts degree is a sort of build-your-own education that can provide a wide-open range of options in many industries.

Lauded benefits of a general liberal arts education include the encouragement to read and think critically, not only attempting to solve problems, but asking why we have to solve them in the first place. There’s also a large emphasis on writing, as well as broad thinking. The liberal arts trademark is encouraging education across all kinds of humanistic inquiry, not in a specific area alone.

Baccalaureate

General liberal arts degrees are typically only offered at the baccalaureate level, since graduate programs are usually defined as delving deeper into a specific area or concentration. Liberal arts degrees are conferred at liberal arts colleges in 4-year programs, which are often distinguishable by small class sizes to keep the student-teacher ratio down. Most liberal arts colleges take advantage of the socratic method to education, using open dialogue in classes to create debate and spark ideas.

Some associates programs do exist at a few universities, including: Saint Leo University, Pennsylvania State University, Florida Institute of Technology, and New England College.

A liberal arts degree is applicable in almost any industry.

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Colleges

Averett University Graduate & Professional Studies is a division affiliated with Averett University overseeing classes for adult and working students. With four locations throughout Virginia, Averett GPS confers both a bachelor’s and master’s degree...

The Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a business and technology training institution providing experiential learning opportunities to prepare students for career paths in a 21st century job market. The PAN offers over 200...

Founded by the Sisters of Christian Charity, Assumption College for Sisters is a Roman Catholic institution in northern New Jersey dedicated to training women for service to the church. Assumption College offers two associate degrees in Arts and...

With campus on the shores of Keweenaw Bay, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is a 2-year tribal community college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. KBOCC confers associate degrees in five fields of study and hosts four certificate-granting programs...

With a name bestowed by Pope John Paul II, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo is a Catholic university and a regional campus of the PCUPR system in northern Puerto Rico. PCUPR Arecibo offers bachelor’s degrees in over 160 fields of...

Established in 2006, Shiloh University is an online, Christ-centered institution based in Kalona, Iowa. The college offers eight undergraduate and seven postgraduate degree and certificate programs, as well as two feature areas: Chaplain Education...

Established in 1998, Tohono O'odham Community College is a public, tribal institution located in Sells, Arizona. TOCC offers nearly 20 degree programs designed for transfer, as well as nearly 30 Direct Employment and certificate programs. As a member...

The Whitworth University School of Continuing Studies is a Christian institution in Spokane dedicated to adult and working students. The School of Continuing Studies grants degrees in eight fields of study and features three certificate-granting...

The Northwest University College of Adult and Professional Studies is a Christian college for non-traditional students and a branch of Northwest University in the Seattle metro area. For adult students, NU offers evening class programs conferring...

Antioch University Online is the hub for all of Antioch’s internet-based courses. AU Online offers six bachelor’s degrees programs with foundation in social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch’s internet courses feature video and audio...

Northeast Lakeview College is a 2-year community college in the San Antonio metro area and a member of the Alamo Colleges system. NLC grants degrees and certificates in 48 academic fields of study. In addition, NLC makes six programs available...

Clovis Community College is a 2-year community college in California’s Central Valley and part of the State Center Community College District. Clovis confers associate degrees in 33 academic fields of study and is home to 27 certificate-granting...