The liberal arts (Latin: artes liberales) are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person (Latin: liberal, “worthy of a free person”) to know in order to take an active part in civic life, something that (for Ancient Greece) included participating in public debate, defending oneself in court, serving on juries, and most importantly, military service. Grammar, rhetoric, and logic were the core liberal arts, while  maths (arithmetic), geometry, the theory of music, and astronomy also played a (somewhat lesser) part in education..

In modern times, liberal arts education is a term that can be interpreted in different ways. It can refer to certain areas of literature, languages, art history, music history, philosophy, history, mathematics, psychology, and science. It can also refer to studies on a liberal arts degree program. For example, Harvard University offers a Master of Liberal Arts degree, which covers biological and social sciences as well as the humanities. For both interpretations, the term generally refers to matters not relating to the professional, vocational, or technical curricula. In Ireland this term is not is mainstream use even though there are 2 other established Irish institutions currently listing liberal arts among their course offerings.

Newman College Ireland can offer you a truly unique eductation that will prepare not just your mind but your heart for the world. Our courses can awaken the servant leader within you and help you understand the world around you by providing you with both a rational and a critical mind. Newman College is committed to providing you with an academic education that is both excellent and faithfully Catholic.