College of Arts and Sciences
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Program
Offered on the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (BLAS) program is a 120 semester hour baccalaureate program with a 39 semester hour (minimum) major course of study. In addition to an introductory course and a senior capstone course, BLAS students select one of four emphases of study in the major. Students also complete the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as well as a minor program of study in a discipline of the student's choosing. Open electives round out the degree requirements (see below):
I. University General Education and CAS BLAS Requirements: 57 s.h.
II. Core Courses: 6 s.h.
LAS 195 Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences (3 s.h.)
LAS 495 Liberal Arts and Sciences Senior Capstone (3 s.h.)
III. Emphases of Study (select Multidisciplinary Studies emphasis, Environmental Studies emphasis, Peace Corps emphasis, or Paired Minor emphasis; at least 18 s.h. must be at the 300 or 400 level): at least 33 s.h.
IV. Minor: minimum of 16-24 s.h.
V. Open electives: 0-8 s.h.
Emphases in the LAS degree
Students pursuing the multidisciplinary studies emphasis choose courses in consultation with their advisor from across at least three different fields in the Arts & Sciences.
Students pursuing the environment emphasis follow an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on environmental courses and training to address today's environmental concerns.
Students pursuing the Peace Corps emphasis follow a multidisciplinary curriculum that integrates courses approved for the WIU Peace Corps Prep program with a focus on community development and international service. Completion of the emphasis alone does not constitute completion of the WIU Peace Corps Prep program. For more information on PC Prep, visit the Peace Corps Prep website or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students pursuing the paired minor emphasis choose two minors from the Arts & Sciences to combine into a strategically focused, interdisciplinary major (see the Undergraduate Catalog for minor pairing options).
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 advising appointment
Simpkins Hall 124
Quad Cities Campus
QC, Riverfront Hall 108F
QC, Riverfront Hall 200
For program information contact:
Dr. Aimee Shouse, Director
Liberal Arts and Sciences Program
Macomb, IL 61455
Visit the Quad Cities website for the program offered at the Quad Cities.