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.

Recommended Reading:

Liberal Arts Majors Are 'The Most Desirable Employees' via Forbes

What The ‘Liberal’ In ‘Liberal Arts’ Actually Means via Washington Post

Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees via Fast Company

That Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket via Forbes

Forget the MBAs. Hire Liberal Arts Majors via Inc.com

We Don’t Need More STEM Majors. We Need More STEM Majors With Liberal Arts Training via Washington Post

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


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Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times