About our college

Your source for unparalleled academic choice and diversity  

The academic heart of the university

In The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we take our inspiration from the constantly evolving world to redefine a liberal arts and sciences education for the 21st century. We focus on creating students who are master learners, prepared to take on challenges and pioneer solutions to society’s most pressing issues.

We think big, so our forward-thinking platform transcends traditional academic boundaries. That’s why our 95+ undergraduate majors and 140+ graduate degrees are housed in 23 interdisciplinary schools and departments in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

25,500

Students call our college home

14:1

Student-to-faculty ratio

$140m

In research expenditures

We take pride in providing exceptional academics

Our college offers students, faculty and public audiences access to choose, explore and sculpt a powerful, personalized learning experience. We serve as a forum for political and social critique and an incubator for growth and development, transforming our students into socially aware, critically thinking world citizens.

Humanities

In humanities, we ask questions that provoke thought, art and debate about life’s biggest obstacles. The answers to these questions have changed since humans have been asking them, and we’re still answering them.

Natural sciences

The natural sciences push the boundaries of scientific knowledge, from the smallest bacteria to the stars. We tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges and create solutions that help the next generation.

Social sciences

In the social sciences, we study society – the different ways people behave, interact with each other and are shaped by the world. We find solutions to improve the way we live by first understanding who we are.

News from around The College

In a recently published study, a team of scientists — including two from the School of Earth and Space Exploration — has completed a complex analysis of a “shocked meteorite” and gained new insight into Earth’s lower mantle.
The School of Social Transformation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the annual John P. Frank Memorial Lecture with Emily Bazelon, a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and co-host of the weekly podcast Political Gabfest.

What if the answer to fighting disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including treatment-resistant bacteria, could be found in the use of mud as medicine — a treatment that goes back to prehistoric t