Liberal arts colleges are an increasingly popular choice among college students, yet much of the population still holds incorrect assumptions about the nature of liberal arts colleges.
For example, some people still believe that the word “liberal” in the colleges’ title betrays some political affiliation, but this is not the case. Rather, most liberal arts colleges have no more of a political affiliation than state-run universities, and because many of these colleges are privately funded, some colleges even advertise outright religious affiliations. The majority of liberal arts schools, however, try to be politically neutral, even if they do hold a religious affiliation.
Liberal arts colleges are different from specialized vocational or technical colleges in that liberal arts schools require students to take classes across a wide range of subjects, including subjects that fall well outside their majors, in an effort to mold students into more well-rounded individuals. Students who attend liberal arts colleges will take many classes that have nothing at all to do with their degree, but rather cover important general subjects across the entire field of liberal arts and sciences.
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