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a prestigious liberal arts school
  studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
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Strongly Associated with:   humanities, social sciences
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Various schools may define liberal arts more specifically, but not necessarily with inter-campus consistency
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  • a prestigious liberal arts school
  • I plan to get a liberal arts degree and then apply to law school.
  • Her expression was animated over dinner as she explained that Black Mountain College was a liberal arts school founded in 1933, whose faculty included some of the most prominent names in the modern art movement.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She had not gone to college, $234,000 worth of elite liberal arts education, for a job like that.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • By the time I got out of the army, Caroline had earned an undergraduate degree in liberal arts.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Shamsoun, Natnael, and Yousph were all accepted at Pfeiffer University, a liberal arts college in North Carolina.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Through the trees, she could just make out the spire that belonged to the chapel at Hollis College, the small liberal arts school where her dad taught.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • My sister is going to a "small liberal arts college back East" called Sarah Lawrence.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • But colleges, particularly small liberal arts colleges like Reed, tend not to be rigid bureaucracies.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • At thirty-one, Graham was the youngest college president in America, manning the helm at Northwestern Schools, a small Christian Bible school, liberal arts college, and seminary in Minneapolis.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • The old man admitted to being a retired English professor who had been thrown out upon the world forty years ago when the last liberal arts college shut for lack of students and patronage.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Selective, challenging, with an emphasis on liberal arts.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Oh no, nothing like that, just a liberal arts course.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • My eldest brother’s wife, Becky, had gone to Oberlin College in Ohio and she told me I should apply because they had a great liberal arts school, a conservatory of music, and most of all, scholarship money.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • But heaven forbid that, to gratify my own inclination, I should shake or shatter this pillar of letters and vessel of the sciences, and cut down this towering palm of the fair and liberal arts.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Decretals digested, he flung himself upon medicine, on the liberal arts.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • This was during my second semester at UC Berkeley, where I had enrolled as a liberal arts major and later changed to fine arts.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Brown’s math department is particularly strong for a school so widely known for liberal arts.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • We have the liberal arts and we have the useful arts.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • —he, whom next thyself, Of all the world I lov’d, and to him put The manage of my state; as at that time Through all the signories it was the first, And Prospero the prime duke, being so reputed In dignity, and for the liberal arts, Without a parallel: those being all my study, The government I cast upon my brother, And to my state grew stranger, being transported And rapt in secret studies.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • If these things are so, how foolish to ask what is the best education for one or seven or sixty million souls! shall we teach them trades, or train them in liberal arts?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Like Clarkebury, Healdtown was a mission school of the Methodist Church, and provided a Christian and liberal arts education based on an English model.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Wick Sachs was an undergrad at the time, a liberal arts student, very brilliant mind.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • If the liberal arts do nothing else, they provide engaging metaphors for the thinking they displace.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • But he didn’t trust all the liberal arts girls who found him romantic, his scars from a birthmark and beatings things they wanted to cure.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • It felt unbearably selfish, just downright wrong, to be indulging myself with an education in the liberal arts at a fancy private college while Mom and Dad were on the streets.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • This followed their spirited discussion about university funding (liberal arts versus sciences) over cocktails, which had come after a protracted debate about environmental policy during lunch.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • "Gardening, in the perfection to which it has been lately brought in England, is entitled to a place of considerable rank among the liberal arts," declared the ultimate authority, Thomas Whately.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • …dad asked Josh some more questions, like where was he going to college in the fall (he hasn’t decided yet, but he’s applying to all the Ivy Leagues) and what does he plan on studying (business), and then my mom asked him what was wrong with a liberal arts education, and Josh said he was really looking for a degree that would guarantee him a minimum salary of eighty thousand a year, to which my mom replied that there are more important things than money, and then I said, "Gosh, look at…
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, after the storm of June 13, 1892.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In less than two weeks of art classes, I transferred from the Liberal Arts College to the College of Art.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • If successfully erected, George B. Post’s Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building would be the largest building ever constructed and consume enough steel to build two Brooklyn Bridges.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Peleovits suggests one of Brown’s liberal arts fortes, maybe Political Theory.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The tests yielded similar results—until Gottlieb’s men came to the site intended for George Post’s gigantic Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • I knew I didn’t want to major in anything practical like business or engineering, and toward the end of my freshman year, I started talking to other liberal arts majors.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Burnham ordered his key contractors—including Agnew & Co., erecting the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building—to stop work immediately.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • At one point he was called upon to help make reporters understand how truly immense the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building would be.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Much of the park was still barren land, and the biggest building, Manufactures and Liberal Arts, was barely under way.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Three weeks later another storm destroyed eight hundred feet of the south wall of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Men working at the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building heard the shriek of failed steel and ran for cover.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Only one of the eight towers of the Ferris Wheel was in place and workers had not yet completed repairs to the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • A bit too tremendous, he noted cattily, at least in the case of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The elevators in the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, touted as one of the wonders of the fair, still had not begun operation.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Every building, including the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, was outlined in white bulbs.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Burnham fought to boost the rate of construction, especially of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, which had to be completed by Dedication Day.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The Woman’s Building was nearly finished, all its scaffolding gone; the giant Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building had begun rising above its foundation.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • One looming problem was how to color the exteriors of the main buildings, especially the staff-coated palisades of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The October dedication was to take place inside the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, yet as of January only the foundation of the building had been laid.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • On Dedication Day even the press was polite enough to overlook the stark appearance of the grounds and the unfinished feel of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • A great parade brought Burnham and other dignitaries to the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, where a standing army of 140,000 Chicagoans filled the thirty-two-acre floor.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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