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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & 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 & Sciences Earns National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

  • Best Grad Schools: NIU’s Master of Public Administration program ranks 6th in the specialty field of City Management & Urban Policy and 14th in the specialty field of Public Finance & Budgeting and 30th 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 & 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