To guide our own craft, we must be captain, pilot, engineer; with chart and compass to stand at the wheel; to watch the winds and waves, and know when to take in the sail, and to read the signs of the firmament over all. Elizabeth Cady Stanton,1892

What is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences?

At the center of IU South Bend’s educational mission lies the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) which offers 82 degree programs in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and a number of interdisciplinary majors and minors.   Students choosing majors in the Liberal Arts and Sciences will acquire a broad understanding of human culture and the natural world as they prepare for a wide variety of careers and lives characterized by community engagement and personal fulfillment. 

The College is home to outstanding teachers who are also engaged in creating new knowledge in their fields.  Scholars at IU South Bend can be found working on everything from string theory and to studying the efficacy of prayer and exploring historical archives around the world.  Social scientists are engaged in fieldwork to understand social networking; published poets, short story writers, and novelists make their home in CLAS. 

Over thirty world languages are read, spoken, and written among an increasingly internationalized faculty.  In addition, the College is home to the Civil Rights Heritage Center, the Center for a Sustainable Future and the American Democracy Project—each one offering unique educational opportunities to every enrolled student.

Faculty in CLAS take pride in offering much of the coursework in IU South Bend’s General Education program.  The goal is to guide each student as he or she builds a foundation for life-long learning and success by improving academic skills, global awareness, appreciation of diversity of all kinds, and awareness of self and community.