ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Coordinates: 33°25′19.66″N 111°53′15.51″W / 33.4221278°N 111.8876417°W / 33.4221278; -111.8876417

Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
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Type Public
Established 1954
Dean Patrick J. Kenney
Academic staff
Students 20,520
Location Tempe, Arizona, United States
Campus Arizona State University

The Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the largest of the 17 independent school units at ASU. Students majoring in the college make up 32 percent of all Tempe campus students and the college fills over 40 percent of all ASU course seats.[1]

The college is home to three academic divisions, 22 interdisciplinary schools and departments [2] and 40 research centers/institutes.[3] The college offers 85+ undergraduate majors and 130+ graduate degrees. As of fall 2015, the college’s total student enrollment was 16,544[4] and 29 percent of all ASU undergraduates were enrolled in a major, concurrent degree, minor or certificate in the college.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is headed by Dean Patrick Kenney. Each of the three academic divisions is led by a divisional dean:

  • Dean George Justice, Humanities
  • Dean Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Natural Sciences
  • Dean Elizabeth Wentz, Social Sciences


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is located within the Fulton Center on the corner of University Drive and College Avenue, as part of ASU’s Tempe campus.

Notable People[edit]


  • Sidney Altman – Professor, School of Life Sciences; 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Luc Anselin – Regents’ Professor and Walter Isard Chair, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
  • George Cowgill – Professor Emeritus, School of Human Evolution and Social Change; 2004 Alfred Vincent Kidder Award of the American Anthropological Association
  • Paul Davies – Regents’ Professor, Department of Physics; 2002 Faraday Prize by The Royal Society
  • Leland H. Hartwell – Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine and co-director of the Biodesign Institute's Center for Sustainable Health; 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Bert Hölldobler – Foundation Professor, School of Life Sciences; 1991 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction
  • Lawrence Krauss – Foundation Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration; 2012 National Science Board Medal for contributions to public education in science and engineering in the U.S.
  • Stephen J. Pyne – Regents’ Professor, School of Life Sciences; 1988 MacArthur Fellowship
  • Alberto Ríos – Regents’ Professor, Department of English; Arizona's first state poet laureate
  • Frank Wilczek – Research Professor, ASU Origins Project; 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics

Alumni :

  • Allison DuBois – Bachelor of Arts in political science; author and purported medium
  • Tad Waddington – Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Chinese; CEO of Lasting Contribution®, LLC
  • Andrew Walter – Bachelor of Arts in communication; businessman and retired NFL quarterback

Academic Units[edit]


  • Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • School of International Letters and Cultures
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • School of Molecular Sciences
  • School of Politics and Global Studies
  • School of Social Transformation
  • School of Transborder Studies
  • T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics


  • Department of Aerospace Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of English
  • Department of Military Science
  • Department of Naval Science
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology


  • American Indian Studies
  • Jewish Studies

Research Centers and Institutes[edit]

  • American Indian Policy Institute
  • Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science
  • Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC)
  • Center for Archeology and Society
  • Center for Asian Research
  • Center for Bioarchaeological Research
  • Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis
  • Center for Biological Physics
  • Center for Biology and Society
  • Center for Child and Family Success
  • Center for Digital Antiquity
  • Center for Evolution and Medicine
  • Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture
  • Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology
  • Center for Global Health
  • Center for Indian Education
  • Center for Jewish Studies
  • Center for Meteorite Studies
  • Center for Political Thought and Leadership
  • Center for Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME)
  • Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
  • Center for Strategic Communication
  • Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
  • Center on the Future of War
  • Confucius Institute
  • Hispanic Research Center
  • Institute for Humanities Research
  • Institute for Social Science Research
  • Institute of Human Origins
  • LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics
  • Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies
  • Origins Project
  • REACH Institute
  • Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center
  • Spatial Analysis Research Center
  • Urban Climate Research Center
  • Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

ASU Centers and Institutes with Liberal Arts and Sciences Partnerships[edit]


2016 U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Graduate Programs:

  • 20th in Earth Sciences
  • 37th in Clinical Psychology
  • 38th in Psychology
  • 50th in Physics
  • 54th in Political Science
  • 55th in Biological Sciences
  • 59th in English
  • 59th in Sociology
  • 60th in Chemistry
  • 60th in Math
  • 63rd in Statistics
  • 74th in History


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures". College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  2. ^ "About". College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Centers and Institutes". College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Enrollments by College". Arizona State University. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 

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