Making a Difference in the World

The liberal arts and sciences are inextricably linked with key advances in human knowledge that have “made a difference in the world.”

These advances have been made in the natural and computational sciences, social sciences, and the humanities and arts alike—encouraging a better understanding of human nature, the way societies function, and the world around us. They have dramatically altered all aspects of human life.

Rather than studying these subjects in a vacuum, our students learn values that they can use to help make our world a better place. Our faculty inspire students to:

  • enhance their knowledge of themselves and their world
  • make wise decisions in both their personal lives and the public affairs arena
  • enrich cultural and intellectual life in their community

Moreover, instruction provides a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore facts and theories, and to examine the presumptions, values, and perceptions underlying our conceptions of self and society.

We also encourage students to serve their community through the Experiential and Service Learning Program, which provides an opportunity for students to contribute to non-profit agencies and gain practical experience in community-based problem solving skills.

A Message from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Since the Middle Ages universities have provided society with an institution that promotes learning and discovery.  The core courses of the original universities centered on the arts and sciences, specifically Art, Music, History, Rhetoric, Law, Medicine and Math.  While the modern university has greatly expanded from these disciplines their core concepts of gathering information, engaging in critical thinking, and communicating the results to a wider setting are still the major hallmarks of a university.

At UIS the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences attempts to provide a setting where students and faculty can engage in intellectual exploration and discovery of ideas and concepts which promote the individual’s mind for lifelong learning.  This learning is achieved in a variety of modes across a wide spectrum of disciplines.  We offer 13 undergraduate majors, 6 master’s degrees and 5 additional areas of study through on campus, online and blended programs.  Our 6 undergraduate and 2 graduate online programs lead the nation in innovation allowing for students worldwide to earn their degree away from campus.  I invite you to explore our web site for more information on our academic programs. The college also supports the Emiquon Field Station as not only a natural preserve, but as a working field laboratory for students, faculty, and the public.

With our membership in COPLAC (Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges) UIS is recognized as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences.  Students have the option of engaging in research with faculty members who are experts in their fields.    As we move into a more global society our college supports study abroad and cooperative arrangements for students and faculty.

Academic Excellence

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences remains committed to delivering a dynamic and challenging curriculum. College courses provide:

  • Curriculum that blends the values of a liberal education with the practical knowledge and skills required to solve real-world problems
  • Vibrant and valuable opportunities for student-faculty interaction
  • Mentoring of student research and creative projects with opportunities such as the Student Technology, Arts, and Research Symposium
  • Course-linked study abroad opportunities
  • Strong General Education curriculum
  • Small class size and close student/faculty interaction in both online and on-campus classes
  • Quality and price of liberal arts and sciences online and on-campus degrees
  • Extensive history in non-traditional learning as founding members of the Council for the Advancement of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

In addition to providing students with a solid foundation in their chosen disciplines, the College’s curriculum is designed to foster curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking.

With our membership in COPLAC (Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges) UIS is recognized as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences.  Students have the option of engaging in research with faculty members who are experts in their fields. As we move into a more global society, our college supports study abroad and cooperative arrangements for students and faculty.

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