702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) has four missions:
scholarly inquiry and the generation of knowledge, preparation of
individuals for an array of careers and professions, service to
the public, and the provision of the intellectual core of the University.
The college shares the first three missions with professional schools
and other colleges on this campus, but the last mission is uniquely
the responsibility of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
By fulfilling this responsibility, the college helps develop broadly
educated individuals who are committed to or characterized by open
inquiry, critical thinking, effective communication, and responsiveness
to the needs of individuals and society.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest individual
college within a university setting in the state of Illinois. The
college enrolls more than 40 percent of the undergraduates on the
Urbana-Champaign campus. The college serves the entire campus by
providing a full range of required general education and service
courses in basic disciplines.
Students in the college are expected to understand the content
of and to develop skills in areas that reflect the overall purpose
of the college: fluency and facility in English; literacy in at
least one additional language; broad exposure to a number of different
disciplines; and intensive study in one discipline (or an interdisciplinary
program). The student has a wide choice of courses to satisfy these
requirements; however, ultimately he or she must plan a diverse
and intensive program of study, prepare for an occupational, professional
and intellectual future, and develop that clarity and range of mind
that is the goal of educated people.