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At the Heart of a Great University

With 18 departments and spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of NIU's six undergraduate colleges. By the nature of our mission, we touch virtually every new student to the university, regardless of their major, through the wide array of general education courses housed within our departments. We provide the solid liberal arts foundation that students can build upon. Your future career success begins here!


Artemus Ward Screenshot

NIU Political Science professor Artemus Ward joined Fox 32 Chicago this morning to discuss President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Barrie Bode ScreenshotBarrie Bode, chair of Northern Illinois University'sDepartment of Biological Sciences, has been working for the past two decades to develop therapies to fight cancer. Recently he appeared on FOX 32 News at Noon to discuss if it's possible to cure cancer.


  • Political Science professor Artemus Ward was quoted in the New York Times discussing the deaths of Supreme Court justices.
  • Professor Rosemary Feurer, an expert on U.S. labor history was featured in the two-hour PBS documentary "The Mine Wars."
  • Biology professor Karen Samonds has spent more than two decades piecing together a mystery. Her field research aims to shed light on the origin and evolutionary history of Madagascar’s modern fauna – and to close a gap in the fossil record. While conducting research last summer, she was filmed by a BBC film crew. The documentary, “Madagascar: A World Apart,” aired recently on BBC Four.

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