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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the university's largest college with 18 departments and seven centers that span the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Earns National Rankings

U.S. News and World Report

  • Best Grad Schools: NIU’s Master of Public Administration program ranks 4th in the specialty field of City Management and Urban Policy and 15th in the specialty field of Public Finance and Budgeting and 37th  in the field of Public Management.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Communication Institute for Online Scholarship

  • Top 10 Research Department: NIU’s Department of Communication is a distinguished program in eight research categories with noted departmental strength in thirty additional research categories
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National Ground Water Association

  • Top Hydrogeology Programs: NIU’s geosciences program ranks in the top 100

Philosophical Gourmet Report

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Earns Academic Prestige

Professional Organizations

Agrgonne Lab logoPartnerships

  • Argonne National Laboratory: NIU’s graduate programs in physics, computer science and chemistry participate in fellowship opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory
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    Fermilab: NIU’s graduate programs in physics and computer science have a partnership with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, working together on experiments and research