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Merge lists[edit]

I placed a merge tag with the list of colleges by country. It might be a good idea to merge this list as is to the longer list of colleges - and re-organize that list by country. Or, have two parts to it, one which is alphabetical, and one which is by country. There is already a subarticle called List of liberal arts colleges in the United States. -Classicfilms 20:44, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

I merged the list from the liberal arts college page and reorganized this list by country. This follows a similar list,List of current and historical women's universities and colleges. Also the list of schools in the U.S. is organized by state in a similar fashion - List of American institutions of higher education. -Classicfilms 16:07, 31 July 2007 (UTC)


Someone is vandalizing this entry repeatedly. Suggest either locking it or revoking the offending IP's editing privleges. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:12, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Are there really exact requirements to be considered a liberal arts school[edit]

I always thought it was a relatively silly label, simply because almost every university or college has a possibility for a degree in humanities. Like in Music, arts, History, literature, Mathematics (I think every university has math majors) and Science (come on is there any university without a biology degree). Even the so called Liberal Arts University I attend has a business department with accounting, marketing, finance, and others. So exactly what is the so called liberal arts label suppose to say??? Is it suppose to be a good or bad label when applying for a job? How about if applying for graduate school? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:04, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

The "liberal arts" label is imprecise, but it can be correlated with categories from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, notably the "Arts & Sciences Focus." --Orlady (talk) 22:24, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

But is that suppose to mean that its a less advanced school? If someone mentions they went to a liberal arts school when, say applying for Harvard Law, is that looked down upon? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:55, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

It does not mean it is a less advanced school, but a less complete school. Such schools, at least in many cases in the USA, will center around a "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences", and will lack a substantial "College of Engineering". Schools that predominantly center around a "College of Engineering" are often considered technical (or polytechnic) schools (colleges, universities, institutes), but will often nevertheless provide some education in liberal arts and sciences. I don't think that a liberal arts education or an education from a liberal arts college will necessarily be looked down upon in many situations, but if one wants to go for an engineering graduate education or job, then the candidate may well be at a disadvantage. In many cases, a "College of Liberal Arts and Sciences", sometimes simply called "College of Arts and Sciences", is a catch-all for many types of majors and curricula that do not belong in in more specialized type of college such as engineering, business, or professional schools. H Padleckas (talk) 08:29, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

About the proposed merger with Liberal arts college[edit]

I realize both articles, Liberal arts colleges in the United States, and Liberal arts college, are rather small, suggesting a possible merger, but what I think will probably happen is that -- if the two articles are merged -- that the combined article will be mostly about US liberal arts colleges, and then someone will come along a place a tag on it complaining that there is too much emphasis on the U.S. So I am leaning towards keeping the two articles separate for the time being, unless of course somebody could make a case that liberal arts college in the US, and not in the US, were essentially similar; I suspect there are wide differences.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 19:09, 1 May 2012 (UTC)