Journalisms: Liberal Arts Sciences


Whence the term “liberal arts and sciences”?

The classical Latin term artes liberales denotes the “arts” that a free, “liberated” citizen needed to study and master in order to take meaningful part in life, civically and personally.

The linguistic root “ar-” means “to fit together,” and gave us army, alarm, harmony, order, adorn and rhyme. “Liberal” comes from “leudh-,” “to mount up, grow,” and gave us livery and deliver. Scientia, “to know,” comes ultimately from “skei-,” “to cut or split,” and gave us conscious, nice, esquire and schism.


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Lisa A. Patterson

Lisa Patterson is editor of the Davidson Journal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Ohio University, and holds master’s degrees in English and public health.

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