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What is a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences?
A degree in the Liberal Arts and Sciences is a multidisciplinary degree emphasizing comparative critical thinking, communication, and a broad range of methodologies and applied skills. It is the belief that developing the skills and knowledge for a lifetime of learning empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with a broad knowledge of the wider world, so crucial in our global society, and provides opportunities for in-depth study in specific areas of interest.
LASGO (Student Organization) Meeting - Monday, January 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Tillman 301G. New students are welcome!
- Student Activities Fair - Wednesday, January 25, 2012 from 3-5 p.m. in the University Union. Come and visit the LAS table.
2nd Annual "Pay It Forward" Blood Drive - Monday, January 30, 2012 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. in Horrabin Hall Gym.
- Career Fair & Graduate Program Expo - Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Union Grand Ballroom.
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OUR PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
The Bachelor and Master of Liberal Arts & 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 & 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. Click for more information on the BLAS program:
The Master of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences is for students on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses who need or desire advanced education but do not require a specific specialized content area. This interdisciplinary degree stresses critical thinking, comparative analysis, and highly flexible content rather than a more traditional advanced specialization in a fairly small content area. LAS is designed especially for students seeking a master’s degree as an occupational qualification and for those who wish more in-depth inquiry into the liberal arts and sciences as a step toward greater personal fulfillment. LAS promotes an advanced level of critique, analysis, and comparison; students explore the broad questions faced by human beings, as well as the specific means by which individual disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics have addressed these questions. Click for more information on the MLAS program.