College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

At the heart of a great university

With 19 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!


U.S. News ranks NIU MPA program third nationally for local government management

In addition to its high ranking in local government, NIU's Master of Public Administration program is ranked 14th nationally in the specialty of public finance and budgeting and 49th in overall in public affairs.

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Dean's Office
General Information

Phone 815-753-7953
Zulauf Hall 312

Add/Drop Class, Enroll, Transfer, Withdraw, etc.

Phone 815-753-0114
Zulauf Hall 201

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