chapter  II
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The Liberal Arts College

The small liberal arts college has been a distinctive component of the United States system of higher education for nearly three hundred years. Historians point to the late 1800s as the period of greatest proliferation for these schools, yet their beginnings can be traced back to Colonial America. Colonial settlers, largely influenced by their European heritage, recognized that colleges were necessary to assure future generations of well-educated civil and religious leaders.