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Become an Innovative Thinker

During my time at KU I have been able to find mentors, friends, and opportunities that have challenged and helped me become the person I am today. Abdoulie Njai, human biologyDo you want to impact the world? Are you interested in challenging coursework that will teach you how to think about the world’s problems from new angles? Looking for amazing research opportunities?

With 120 academic programs, the College offers the most diverse academic options of any school at KU. Study how ancient cultures impact society today, learn math skills to take to the business world or focus on scientific study to change the world.

The curriculum in the College teaches you to read and interpret complex texts, improves your writing ability, nurtures creativity and helps with critical thinking—the skills your future employers covet.

There is no end to the opportunities the College can give you to make the most of your future.


Why Liberal Arts & Sciences?

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.

What matters now is not the skills you have but how you think. Can you ask the right questions? Do you know what problem you’re trying to solve in the first place? Hartley argues for a true “liberal arts” education—one that includes both hard sciences and “softer” subjects. A well-rounded learning experience, he says, opens people up to new opportunities and helps them develop products that respond to real human needs.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