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.
Regardless of the area of study, a liberal arts foundation provides students with strong communication, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, creativity and collaboration skills. These are skills that employers value. Your future career success begins here!
NIU anthropology professor Mitch Irwin recently won a $19,500 National Geographic Society research grant to support a year-long nutritional profile of arguably some of the cutest critters on the planet—Madagascar's famous lemurs.
- Congratulations to Dr. Mark Schuller for being named the recipient of the 2106 Anthropology in Media award by the American Anthropological Association.
- Scientists say ocean fossils found in mountains are cause for concern over future sea levels.
- Making a better solar cell. An international team of scientists that includes NIU researchers has mapped out a pioneering route to improve the performance of hybrid perovskite solar cells.
- CLAS houses three Accelerated Law Degree programs in Political Science, Sociology, and French, German, or Spanish. The foreign language program made its debut this Fall.