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School of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to a host of academic departments and initiatives that provide students at Columbia College Chicago with the intellectual, analytical, and creative capacity to succeed in whatever field they choose to pursue.

We house the college’s LAS Core Curriculum—a set of course requirements for all undergraduate students seeking a degree at Columbia. These engaging courses in literature, history, humanities, languages, mathematics, and the sciences, along with interdisciplinary offerings, complement any major field of study and challenge students to think in independent, critical, and diverse ways.

In addition to the LAS Core Curriculum, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to the college’s Honors Program, an important initiative with advanced learning opportunities to qualified students; the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Initiative, which connects students with faculty members to conduct worthy scholarly and research projects; and the First-Year Seminar, a foundational, interdisciplinary course in the LAS Core Curriculum that is required for all Columbia students.

With more than 120 full-time faculty members who are leaders in their respective fields, our academic departments offer undergraduate degrees in Art and Materials Conservation, ASL-English Interpretation, Creative Writing (with concentrations in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry), Cultural Studies, and Early Childhood Education. We also offer graduate programs in Creative Writing (in all three disciplines), Elementary Education, and Visual Arts Education. Our education programs are renowned for their arts-infused curriculum and emphasis. Numerous scholarships are available for students in these programs, including the Jay W. Boersma Scholarship

Finally, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to the Center for Community Arts Partnerships; the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media; the Teaching Artist Journal; @LAS magazine; and the LAS Dean’s Lecture, all of which deepen the rich experiences and academic challenge available to students at Columbia College Chicago.
General News & Events
LAS Selects Winners of Two New Faculty Awards

The two awards are the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Faculty Fellowship, and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards for Scholarly and Creative Achievement.

Spring 2014 LAS Dean's Lecture: "Talking Trash: Waste, Sprawl, and the Future of the Seas"

Join Dean Deborah H. Holdstein for the Spring 2014 LAS Dean’s Lecture as she welcomes Dr. Steven H. Corey, who will provide a lively overview of issues surrounding the urbanization of the shore and our use of oceans as dumping grounds. 

Art and Materials Conservation Program Mentioned in Chicago Sun-Times Article

The story, which quotes Columbia College Chicago's new President, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, is titled, "Colleges feel pressure to help produce, deliver technology training."

LAS Faculty News
Luis Nasser Participates in event at Adler Planetarium

The event  brought together Latino community organizations, families, and scientists to discuss and learn science. 

Pan Papacosta Delivers Talk a the Chillicothe Public Library

His talk was titled "Einstein's Angels and Demons: The Man behind E=mc2." 

Pegeen Reichert Powell's Book Published

Her new book, Retention & Resistance: Writing Instruction and Students Who Leave, has been published by Utah State University Press.