University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Type Public
Established 1946
Dean Astrida Orle Tantillo
Students 10,932 (2012)
Undergraduates 9,575 (2012)
Postgraduates 1,357 (2012)
Location Chicago, IL, United States

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a college at the University of Illinois at Chicago offering both undergraduate and graduate programs of study.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that enhance the educational quality and depth of all undergraduate colleges on campus. The largest of the colleges at UIC, LAS houses 23 departments and programs. They offer 38 undergraduate major fields of specialization, 36 minors, 14 languages, about 50 graduate degrees at the masters and doctoral levels, and almost 1,000 courses. Students from all undergraduate colleges and many graduate programs enroll in LAS courses. Over 350 tenure track faculty teach the College's approximately 10,000 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students.[1]

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences predates the current campus, having been founded in 1946 at the Navy Pier campus.[2] At that time liberal arts education was overseen by an associate dean. In 1964, as the University was being reconstituted at the Circle Campus, the Board of Trustees approved a full-fledged college with seventeen departments.

The college and certain departments are based in University Hall. The remainder of the departments are based around the east campus in the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), Science and Engineering Offices (SEO), Science and Engineering Labs (SEL), Science and Engineering South (SES), Grant Hall, and elsewhere.

Today, the college has 83 undergraduate and 44 graduate programs in 23 academic departments and programs.[3] [4]


The college has 23 departments/programs divided into three fields: humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

  • Humanities: African American Studies; Classics and Mediterranean Studies; English; French and Francophone Studies; Gender and Women's Studies; Germanic Studies; Hispanic and Italian Studies; History; Latin American and Latino Studies; Philosophy; and Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures
  • Natural Sciences: Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; and Physics
  • Social Sciences: Anthropology; Communication; Criminology, Law, and Justice; Economics; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology


  1. ^ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences -About LAS
  2. ^ University Archives - Liberal Arts and Sciences History
  3. ^ "2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog - Liberal Arts and Sciences". University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Graduate and Professional Degree Programs". University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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