Who We Are
Who we are:
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the foundation of KU. From liberal arts and sciences' origins 1,600 years ago to now, one idea has remained constant: all citizens must have a broad base of knowledge to succeed. The liberal arts and sciences is an important educational foundation for all.
The College is part of most KU students' experience. We teach all general education requirements and enroll about 60% of all students on the Lawrence campus - more than any other school. No matter your major, our goal is to ensure that your experience with the College prepares you with fundamental skills and knowledge that will serve you well in any career.
Maybe you want to dance. Maybe you want to conduct research on gamma-ray bursts. We say: Why not do both? In the College you can pursue your passions — all of them. The College is home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers, offering more than 100 majors, minors and certificates.
Why Liberal Arts?
Why should you study liberal arts and sciences? Because you’ll gain a broad base of knowledge and develop skills employers are looking for, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, team work, strong communication and ethical judgment.
According to a report by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers "overwhelmingly" endorse broad learning as the best preparation for long-term career success. Employers surveyed said:
- Broad learning should be an expected part of the coursework for all students, regardless of their chosen major or field of study
- More than three out of four employers agreed that every college student should be exposed to the liberal arts and sciences
- 96 percent of employers agreed that all students should gain knowledge of our democratic institutions, which is done through liberal arts courses
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a list of articles on why studying the liberal arts is a great foundation for success.
What The ‘Liberal’ In ‘Liberal Arts’ Actually Means via Washington Post
Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees via Fast Company
Forget the MBAs. Hire Liberal Arts Majors via Inc.com
There Is Value in Liberal Arts Education, Employers Say via U.S. News
Starving for Wisdom via New York Times
New College Grads: Who Employers Want To Hire via CBS News
Employees Who Stand Out via Forbes
2 College Presidents, on Higher Education via New York Times
Richard Cohen: The Actual Value Of A College Education via Washington Post
Skills Employers Want via Forbes
Higher Education Is More Than A ‘Return On Investment’ via Washington Post