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Study liberal arts in the USA

An in-depth guide to studying liberal arts in the USA as an international student

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  • Dr Graeme Douglas Bird

    Dr Graeme Douglas Bird

    Gordon College Associate Professor of Linguistics and Classics
    Dr Graeme Douglas Bird says

    The liberal arts, also known as the humanities, are what help us understand what makes us human: our history, our literature, our language, our culture, our beliefs, our emotions, and many other things.

    As well as studying the humanities academically, international students are able to meet and get to know people of many different backgrounds and cultures and to experience the wonderfully rich diversity of life in America. In this way, students also gain a broader understanding of the world as a whole.

    Within the liberal arts, I specialize in the subject of Linguistics. This is the study of language, not one particular language, but an exploration of how human language works, and how individual languages show both differences and similarities.

    International students get to see how their own languages fit into the larger family of world languages, and how language can affect and influence culture, politics, and history.

    A degree in Linguistics in the USA can be used in many different ways, including as a way of continuing to graduate school, but also in various careers: teaching, particularly teaching students whose first language is different from the primary language of the school; speech pathology, which involves helping people who are suffering from speech loss or disability; also jobs in publishing and editing, translating and interpreting, journalism, and many more.

  • Prof Dana Washington

    Prof Dana Washington

    Lock Haven University Assistant Professor of English
    Prof Dana Washington says

    Learning language, writing, literature, and culture as part of your classes and as part of your life gives you a deeper understanding of all of them. The American approach to higher education allows you to study subjects beyond your major, offering you the opportunity to develop your own unique perspective in your chosen field of study and beyond.

    In the United States, it's expected that graduates with degrees in English will go on to excel in careers in a wide variety of fields because of their ability to read, write, and think both creatively and analytically.

    The United States contains a world of heritages and a wide variety of cultures, all united by a common language, plus many others. The opportunities for travel within the country provide you with a wealth of environments and cultures to choose from.

    Studying at Lock Haven University, in particular, allows you to experience genuine American small-town life while positioning you about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Niagara Falls, and Washington, D.C. American higher education offers you the opportunity to study multiple fields at once as part of your education, which helps you become a more creative and innovative thinker.

    Here, students are expected to talk to their professors, and learning and sharing of ideas take place both in class and during office hours. An American education prepares you to become a leader, especially when you choose a college or university known for its small classes and individual attention.

    A degree in English opens up a world of possibilities to anyone with an interest in working in fields requiring both creative and analytical thinking, a broad knowledge of humanity, sensitivity to a wide variety of cultures, and excellent communication skills.

    With a semester or year of living and studying in the United States, your ability to read, write, speak, and think in English will be greatly improved, making your career prospects in any field, especially those involving intercultural communication, much greater.

Top liberal arts programs in the USA

What are the top Liberal Arts Undergraduate programs in the USA?

Bachelor's in liberal arts in the USA

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    Biology - Liberal Arts - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,186 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Chemistry - Liberal Arts - BA/BSc University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Education/ Liberal Studies - Diversified Liberal Studies - BLS University of the Pacific, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    50,370 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 50,370 USD

    Start date
    January, March, July, October
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    Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies - BSc James Madison University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,150 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Interdisciplinary Studies - Liberal Arts - BSIS Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Associate in liberal arts in the USA

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    Liberal Arts - AA Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Liberal Arts - AA College of Alameda, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Liberal Arts - AA Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math & Science - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science (Geology) - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in liberal arts in the USA

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    Liberal Arts: CSU General Education Breadth - Cert Berkeley City College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Liberal Arts: Intersegmental General Education (for Transfer) - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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What are the top Liberal Arts Graduate programs in the USA?

Master's in liberal arts in the USA

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    Liberal Arts/Children’s Ministry - Dual MA/MLA Dallas Baptist University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,872 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Liberal Studies - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,320 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Liberal Studies - MA University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Liberal Studies (Film and Media Studies) - MLSt Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,918 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,918 USD

    Start date
    August
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