philosophia et septem artes liberales
, the seven liberal arts. from the hortus deliciarum
of herrad of landsberg
liberal arts education (from latin liberalis "free" and ars "art or principled practice") is the traditional program of education in western higher education. liberal arts today consists of four areas: the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. its central academic disciplines include physics, biology, philosophy, logic, linguistics, literature, history, political science, psychology, and mathematics. liberal arts education can refer to studies in a liberal arts degree program or to a university education more generally. such a course of study contrasts with those that are principally vocational, professional, or technical.