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Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at WIU Quad Cities
Program of Study
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) degree at Western Illinois University–Quad Cities provides a broad liberal education with focused programs tailored to students’ academic needs. The degree incorporates study in the traditional areas of liberal education—Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences/Mathematics—to form both a cohesive academic foundation and a solid base for employment opportunities and further professional and graduate education.
The LAS program is a 120 semester hour (sh) baccalaureate program with a 36 sh (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 (both are explained below). 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 LAS program offers two types of emphases:
1. Multidisciplinary Emphases
- People in Context explores human behavior and the interrelated forces (i.e., individual, biological, social, environmental, political, and cultural) that influence us.
- The Environment offers a broad study of the environment from scientific, social, political, and humanistic vantage points.
2. Paired Minor Emphasis
Students can select two existing liberal arts and sciences minor programs that meet his or 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 throughout the United States and from around the world.
There are many scholarships for which LAS students are eligible. Visit the scholarships website at wiu.edu/Scholarship for additional information.
In most cases, students entering the LAS program with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree should be able to complete the program within four semesters. Students pursuing an associate’s degree who plan to enroll in the LAS program should consult with their adviser to ensure a smooth transition to Western.
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Undergraduate research and creative activity programs in the College of Arts and Sciences have had a phenomenal effect on students’ learning experiences. In these programs, undergraduates work directly with faculty mentors in numerous areas throughout the College to conduct research and creative activity projects. Through these programs, students learn to seek answers in a logical and methodical way, and to communicate these answers to people who may not be specialists in a particular area. These skills will last students a lifetime. Competitive student undergraduate research and creative activity grants are available.
The Bachelor of LAS degree is designed to prepare students for a productive life, equipping them with the transferable skills most valued by employers. Those skills include 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 LAS degree provides the opportunity for further customized graduate education.
For More Information
For admissions process and general program information, contact Western Illinois University–Quad Cities at (309) 762-9481. For specific program questions, contact our Advising Center at (309) 762-1988.