Roman antiquity contributed both the name and meaning to Liberal Arts. For the Romans, "artes liberales" represented those intellectual skills required among the free Roman citizens who would assume the responsibility for the actions and governance of their own society.
The skills needed by the Romans are closely related to the different disciplines and programs found in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts today. Our programs in literature, language, and history reflect the need for citizens to be familiar with the deeds and consequences of other times and other places. The desires to write effectively and communicate well are driven from the ancient need to persuade fellow citizens toward (or from) a course of action.
As a Duquesne Liberal Arts student, you have the option to design a major that provides more breadth than our traditional disciplines. This option allows you to combine multiple courses of study that align with your academic and career aspirations. Through this track, you are able to diversify your thinking in a way that makes sense to you and be able to apply that breadth of knowledge to your life after graduation.