The IU School of Liberal Arts offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in a number of disciplines, a Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language degree, a two-year Associate of Arts degree, and a variety of structured minors and certificate programs for students pursuing Liberal Arts or other degrees. At the heart of the school’s programs are the following:
|American Sign Language||BS||Certificate|
|Ancient Greek & Latin||Minor|
|Arabic, Islamic Studies||Minor|
|Arts & Humanities|
|Business & Professional Writing||Minor|
|English, Creative Writing||BA||Minor|
|English, Film Studies||BA||Minor|
|Geographic Information Science||Certificate|
|History, Non U.S. Non-European||BA||Minor|
|Human Communication in a Mediated World||Certificate|
|Medical Humanities and Health Studies||Minor|
|Pre-Law Political Science||BA|
|Theatre and Performance||Certificate|
|Writing and Literacy||BA|
Students should be broadly educated across the disciplines and well trained in a particular major. They should have: (1) proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking skills; (2) competence in quantitative, language, and analytic skills; (3) a broad-based experience in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; and (4) a major area of study. Although faculty and counselors are available to help students acquire these proficiencies and attitudes, learning must be self-motivated. To be taught, one must first be interested in learning. A liberal arts education, therefore, is the responsibility of the individual student.
By graduation, a liberal arts education should have provided the opportunity for a student to attain the IUPUI “Principles of Undergraduate Learning,” which are:
- Core Communication and Quantitative Skills: The ability of students to express and interpret information, perform quantitative analysis, and use information resources and technology—the foundational skills necessary for all IUPUI students to succeed.
- Critical Thinking: The ability of students to engage in a process of disciplined thinking that informs beliefs and actions. Students who demonstrate critical thinking apply the process of disciplined thinking by remaining open-minded, reconsidering previous beliefs and actions, and adjusting their thinking, beliefs, and actions based on new information.
- Integration and Application of Knowledge: The ability of students to use information and concepts from studies in multiple disciplines in their intellectual, professional, and community lives.
- Intellectual Depth, Breadth, and Adaptiveness: The ability of students to examine and organize disciplinary ways of knowing and to apply them to specific issues and problems.
- Understanding Society and Culture: The ability of students to recognize their own cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate the diversity of the human experience.
- Values and Ethics: The ability of students to make sound decisions with respect to individual conduct, citizenship, and aesthetics.