Liberal Arts and Sciences

"For me, the MLAS program was a perfect fit. As a non-traditional student, I decided to go back to school after starting on my professional career path. The MLAS program offered flexibility in coursework, in course offerings, and engaged my academic interest. Ultimately, the program was intellectually stimulating and allowed me an opportunity to enhance my knowledge from a multi-disciplinary approach." -- Renee Simpson, MLAS  Graduate 2011

Why Choose a Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree at WIU?

The Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) programs are flexible and focused degrees emphasizing disciplinary concentration in interdisciplinary contexts. These versatile degrees draw on the rich resources and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offered at both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses of Western Illinois University. Involving focused study in the traditional areas of liberal education (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences/Mathematics), the degree can be tailored to meet students’ academic needs and interests. The Bachelor of LAS equips students with the transferable skills most valued by employers; it is also excellent preparation for graduate education.

The degree is especially attractive to transfer students; in most cases, students entering the LAS program with an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree should be able to complete the program within four semesters.

Possible Career Paths

Typical careers for successful graduates include positions in;

  • Industry
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Teaching
  • Computers
  • Data Analysis
  • Business and Finance

Recent Graduates:

  • Renee Simpson, MLAS Graduate 2011
  • Elizabeth Humes, MLAS Graduate 2011 - "I decided to switch to the LAS master's program after finding it in the course catalog. I really liked that it was a flexible program and that I could take more classes that I was interested in. The most rewarding part of the program for me was being able to pick my exit option. My internship with the McDonough County United Way allowed me to gain hands-on experience while earning credit for my masters degree."

At A Glance

Degrees Available:

  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Masters of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major: Yes

Minor: No

Graduate Degree: Yes

Campus: Macomb and Quad Cities


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