Liberal arts refers to the non-technical disciplines ordinarily taught as part of a baseline college education at American colleges. These include philosophy, history and English literature, and sometimes Latin, which lay the foundation for a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. As such, many American colleges are referred to as "liberal arts institutions." Technical fields of study are common, but not included under the aegis "liberal arts." In Europe and Canada the Liberal arts are generally called the 'Humanities'.
The term bears no connection with the modern political ideology of liberalism, save in the classic, historical sense.