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Areas of Study

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the most diverse academic unit at the University of Kansas. With degree offerings in more than 50 departments, programs and centers, the options are endless. No wonder more than 60% of students choose to pursue a degree in the College.

Learn more about our offerings, which are focused in five major areas of study.

Divisions of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Often platforms for civic engagement and social change, the arts are a visible expression of society and culture. It is through the arts that we tell the story of our past and envision the future.



The humanities are about everything that carries a human imprint, from our culture—the rules of engagement of everyday life—to history, language, literature, philosophy.


International & Interdisciplinary Studies

Endless curiosity is at the heart of International & Interdisciplinary Studies. The goal is a deeper understanding of the world, through multidisciplinary study of cultures and societal issues.


Natural Sciences & Mathematics

From a molecule to the Milky Way, the Natural Sciences & Mathematics explore the intricacy of our universe and its resources and inhabitants.


Social & Behavioral Sciences

As our world becomes increasingly complex and interdependent, the Social & Behavioral Sciences examine and solve challenges related to the human condition.


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
Graduates of the College have won Emmys, discovered new species, and been named to Forbes' "most powerful women" lists
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.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times