Liberal Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts and Sciences

This is the name of a degree style commonly taught in the USA (and American Schools in Europe) where students study a wide range of subjects initially and then declare a major subject part way through.

In the UK there are several universities offering a ‘Liberal Arts’ or ‘Arts & Sciences’ degree. Each university has chosen a different structure but all the courses enable students to combine a number of different subjects and study a wider breadth whilst still having a ‘major’ field of study.

Many Dutch Universities have University Colleges attached to their institution where a ‘Liberal Arts & Science’ curriculum is taught with a similar philosophy to the USA. Each college offers a different range of subjects and often has an area they specialize in.
Almost all Canadian Universities offer a Bachelor or Arts and/or a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, which gives you similar freedom in class choice and some Colleges teach a Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Typically ‘Liberal Arts’ colleges and courses have smaller class sizes and more contact time with academics. In the UK and Europe this has made them competitive and prestigious programmes to gain a place on.

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Campus Type
Education Model
California State University, Long Beach
Suburban Campus
Very Large Institution >30,000
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model): Accessible, Practical, Affordable
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Yale-NUS College
City Island Campus
Small Institution <5000
Besides the 14 fields of study, we have Double Degree and Concurrent Degree programmes.
Extremely Selective (<10% admitted) - We are committed to admitting a highly diverse class of students every year capped at 250 per cohort
Syracuse University
City Campus
Medium Institution
We offer both liberal arts and pre-professional programs of study, with a flexible curriculum.
Selective (25-50% admitted) Rates of admission vary by intended program of study
Minerva Schools at KGI
USA, South Korea, India, Germany, Argentina, UK and Taiwan.
Small Institution
Extremely Selective -
An Example University
City Campus City Island Campus Suburban Campus Rural Campus
Give a sense of your education model - e.g. Liberal Arts, or Single Subject focused
University of Pittsburgh
Large Institution
Pitt is a public, research 1 institution.
Selective Pitt has rolling admissions meaning the earlier you apply the better your chance of acceptance.
Hampshire College
Rural Campus
Small Institution <5000
Students design customized programs of study in collaboration with hand-picked faculty committees.
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) - No minimum grade requirements; applicants are assessed in a comprehensive, holistic review process.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
City - Island Campus
Very Large Institution
Liberal arts, exploratory. Students will take classes across disciplines.
The New School (NYC and Paris, including Parsons School of Design)
USA, France
Urban City
Medium Institution New York, Small Institution Paris
Art and design / Liberal Arts/ Performing Arts
Selective and Somewhat Selective
Leiden University
The Netherlands
City Campus
Very Large Institution
Leiden University offers a mix of focused, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programmes.
Somewhat Selective. Selectivity depends on the programme.
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