Historically, the liberal arts were considered the branches of study fit for free men (liber is Latin for "free"). They were contrasted with skills needed for more mechanical trades and professions. Today a liberal education befits the members of all classes and genders. Rigorous thought, aesthetic sensibility, appreciation of historical context, an understanding of the natural world, awareness ofof one's own and others' institutions and culture, and an aptitude for creative expression should belong to anyone wishing to live a meaningful life and to participate constructively in society. The liberal arts major aims to produce these and related abilities. The liberal arts student also fulfills, at least in part, the injunction to "become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people" (Doctrine and Covenants 90:15). When suitably completed or supplemented, the liberal arts major is excellent preparation for a career or graduate program in law, business, medicine, education, public service, the arts, and other fields.
||Arts & Humanities/Liberal Arts|
||Buena Vista, Virginia|
||Southern Virginia University|