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College of Arts and Sciences
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Program
Offered on the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses
The LAS program is a 120-semester hour baccalaureate program with a 36-semester hour (minimum) major course of study. Students can complete the degree in several different ways. Students may elect to complete a Multidisciplinary Emphasis or a Paired Minor Emphasis. The major includes introductory and capstone courses. In addition, students in the LAS program will complete the College’s general education requirements as well as a minor program of study in a discipline of the student's choosing. A number of elective courses round out the degree requirements.
Emphases in the LAS degree
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences program offers two emphases:
- People in Context explores human behavior and the interrelated forces (individual, biological, social, environmental, political, and cultural) that influence us.
- The Environment offers broad study of the environment from scientific, social, political, and humanistic vantage points.
Paired Minor Emphasis
Students can select two existing liberal arts and sciences minor programs that meet his/her academic or career needs. To ensure the integrity of the degree, some restrictions exist regarding which minors may be paired, but there are numerous possibilities.
Through participation in the LAS program, students will have the opportunity to study with a highly qualified and diverse faculty, who hold advanced degrees from prestigious institutions from the United States and around the world.
LAS students are eligible for a diverse range of scholarships. Contact the Scholarship Office for additional information.
The LAS degree is designed to be 'friendly' to transfer students. In most cases, students entering the LAS program with an A.A. or A.S. degree should be able to complete the program within four semesters. Students pursuing an associate degree and plan to enroll in the LAS program, should consult with their advisor to ensure a smooth transition to WIU.
College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
The CAS Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Grant and the Norman and Carmelita Teeter Undergraduate Research Award have had a phenomenal effect on students’ learning experiences. Undergraduate students work directly with faculty mentors, in all disciplines throughout the College, to conduct research and creative activity projects. Through their research, students learn to seek answers in a logical and methodical way, and to communicate their answers in an more understandable language for those outside a particular discipline. The knowledge gained will provide a skill-set that will last a student's lifetime. For more information, go to the CASUGR webpage.
Interested in the Honors College?
Only students who are enrolled in the Centennial Honors College may register for honors courses. To qualify for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must fall into one of the following categories:
* 28 ACT composite or higher;
* 26 or 27 ACT composite and in the top 15 percent of graduating class;
* 24 or 25 ACT composite and in the top 10 percent of graduating class.
Comparable SAT score is acceptable.
Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours at an accredited university.
The LAS degree is designed to prepare students for a productive life, equipping them with the transferrable skills most valued by employers: the ability to think critically, to communicate cogently and persuasively, to analyze situations and synthesize information, and to approach and understand things from a variety of perspectives. The LAS degree can prepare students for careers in journalism, social services, public relations, politics, customer service, advertising, recruitment, personnel, and more. Students who complete the LAS degree may also consider graduate studies in English, History, Journalism, Law, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Communication, and other professional disciplines. Additionally, our Master of Liberal Arts and Science degree provides the opportunity for further customized graduate education.
For program information and advising contact:
Dr. Amy Mossman, Interim Director
Liberal Arts and Sciences Program
Visit the Quad Cities website for the program offered at the Quad Cities.