Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
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The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts is the home of the humanities and social sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), an urban, research campus. The only liberal arts school in the Indiana University system, the School of Liberal Arts has 11 departments (Anthropology, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and World Languages & Cultures), 16 undergraduate degree programs (including those offered in departmental disciplines as well as American Sign Language/English Interpreting, International Studies, Philanthropic Studies and the Individualized Major Program), and 15 graduate degrees and certificates including Ph.D.s in Economics and Philanthropic Studies. The School of Liberal Arts also houses multiple centers for research and study, some nationally and internationally renowned.
The origins of the Indiana University (IU) School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI extend to 1891 when the first class was offered in Indianapolis for credit. That course, in economics, was taught by Indiana University Professor Jeremiah W. Jenks. The course was so successful that IU followed it with classes in history, sociology, and English. The program was modeled after the "extension movement" pioneered in England in the 1860s by Cambridge University.
The School of Liberal Arts, in its current form, took shape in 1972, three years after the consolidation of Indiana University and Purdue University programs in Indianapolis as IUPUI. Today, the School of Liberal Arts has more than 230 full-time faculty. In the School of Liberal Arts, there are approximately 2200 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. Between 2010 and 2014, Liberal Arts faculty received $27,755,795 in external grants and contracts.
Hallmarks of the School of Liberal Arts are an emphasis on the undergraduate experience, graduate programs with an applied focus, innovative and creative class offerings and degree programs, small class size and flexible schedules, and the combination of theory with practical application.
Liberal Arts Departments, Programs, and Centers
Centers and projects