sometimes referred to as arts, as in Bachelor of Arts
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Word origin of 'liberal arts'transl. of L artes liberales, lit., arts befitting a freeman: so named in contrast to artes serviles, lower (lit., servile) arts, and because open to study only by freemen (L liberi); in later use understood as “arts becoming a gentleman”