What Are Liberal Arts Colleges?
In simple terms, liberal arts colleges focus on a total and broad education
Hi! I'm Samantha Lake for About.com and today I'm going to talk about what are liberal arts colleges. We're at Count Me In Tutoring in Bedford Corners, NY.Liberal arts colleges are institutions that specialize in undergraduate studies concentrating in arts and sciences. In general, liberal arts colleges expose students to a wide range of academic subjects from the traditional humanities to science while attaining a degree in a chosen major.Liberal arts college is defined in Encyclopedia Britannica 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." In simple terms, liberal arts colleges focus on a total and broad education as opposed to a career-field driven degree.Typically, a liberal arts college has less than 3,000 students and no or very few graduate students so the college is focused on undergraduate studies. At a liberal arts college, students take classes in all academic areas for the first two years of their higher education, including, but not limited to history, science, math, humanities and social sciences.At liberal arts colleges, some students enter having declared a major, but the emphasis during the first two years of college is on a broad, comprehensive education. Students explore a wide range of subjects and enjoy the freedom to take many different types of classes during their education, all while earning a degree in their major.Traditionally, almost all the classes at a Liberal Arts College are taught by full time faculty and have a lower student to faculty ratio than large universities. Some of the most well known liberal arts colleges are Amherst College in Massachusetts, Grinnell College in Iowa, Wesleyan University in Connecticut and Pomona College in California. You will need all the information to see if a liberal arts college is right for you.To learn more about college applications and other topics, please visit About.com. Thanks for watching.