Dean: Barbara Bonnekessen


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is dedicated to unfettered intellectual, scientific, and artistic exploration. Through a rich array of undergraduate and graduate programs, academically and professionally proven faculty offer dynamic and rigorous curricula that unite tradition and innovation, while advancing communication skills, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and responsible stewardship. Interdisciplinary investigation is encouraged within and beyond the College. Liberal Arts and Sciences bring renowned speakers, exhibits, conferences and cultural activities to campus for the enrichment of both campus and community. Collectively, these opportunities motivate our students to become engaged and invested citizens—responding creatively to the challenges of a diverse and changing world. Collaborative student-centered experiences excite a life-long thirst for learning and prepare students for fulfilling lives and careers. This mission embraces the intellectual, artistic, and scientific empowerment of all.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences prepares students to become thoughtful individuals who, as skilled professionals and dynamic citizens, are prepared to seek both personal fulfillment and a more just society in Illinois and beyond. This vision rests on proven values while encouraging continued exploration of new avenues and tools of research, advances in technology, and evolving forms of expression—to broaden horizons, realize growth, and achieve greatness.

Browse the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Collections:

Administration (CLAS)

Africana Studies

Art + Design

Biological Sciences

Center for Humanities

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Communication (Communication and Journalism)





Journalism (Communication and Journalism)

Mathematics & Computer Science




Political Science


Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology

Tarble Arts Center

Theatre Arts

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

World Languages and Cultures