Welcome to The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the academic heart of ASU and the university’s largest and most diverse college. We offer unparalleled academic choice and unlimited opportunities for success. As the academic core of the New American University, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences fosters educational excellence, intellectual inquiry, discovery and unmatched access through our unique collection of programs in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The college has 90+ undergraduate majors and 140+ graduate degrees housed in 23 interdisciplinary schools and departments. We encourage our students to pioneer solutions to society’s most pressing issues. We accomplish this by inspiring our students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens who create and bring about positive change in the world.

We also draw inspiration from the constantly evolving world to redefine a liberal arts and sciences education. Our forward-thinking approach transcends traditional academic boundaries and our diversity of programs serves as an incubator for personal growth and development in any field of study.

The College has been my home for three decades and I am optimistic our trajectory will meet the time-honored and critical mission of educating citizens who will tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to improve the lives of all our students. We strive also to fulfill the potential of our talented and dedicated faculty with the support of alumni, parents and friends of The College.

Patrick J. Kenney
Dean, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The dean’s thoughts on starting a legacy

Patrick Kenney, dean of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, believes first-generation students can change the trajectory of their family lineages. Once an initial desire to pursue higher education sparks in a family, later generations are likely to follow down a similar path to obtain a degree. The dean shares his family’s collegiate legacy and how his father dramatically changed and altered his own course and beyond.