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:

Programs BA/BS Certificate Minor
Africana Studies BA Certificate
American Sign Language BS Certificate
American Studies Minor
Ancient Greek & Latin Minor
Anthropology BA Minor
Arabic, Islamic Studies Minor
Arts & Humanities
Business & Professional Writing Minor
Chinese Studies Certificate Minor
Classical Studies Minor
Communication Studies BA Minor
Economics BA Minor
English BA
English, Creative Writing BA Minor
English, Film Studies BA Minor
English, Linguistics BA Minor
English, Literature BA Minor
European Studies Minor
French BA Minor
French+Engineering BA/BS
Geographic Information Science Certificate
Geography BA Minor
German BA Minor
German+Engineering BA/BS
History BA Minor
History, European BA Minor
History, Non U.S. Non-European BA Minor
History, Thematic BA
History, U.S. BA Minor
Human Communication in a Mediated World Certificate
Individualized Major BA
International Studies BA Minor
Italian Minor
Japanese Studies Minor
Legal Studies Minor
Medical Humanities and Health Studies Minor
Motorsport Studies Certificate
Museum Studies Certificate
Paralegal Studies Certificate
Philanthropic Studies BA Minor
Philosophy BA Minor
Political Science BA
Pre-Law Political Science BA
Religious Studies BA Minor
Sociology BA Minor
Sociology, Medical Minor
Spanish BA Minor
Spanish+Engineering BA/BS
Theatre and Performance Certificate
Translation Studies Certificate
Women's Studies Minor
Writing and Literacy BA

Statement of Goals
Graduates of the IU School of Liberal Arts should exemplify the ideals of a liberal arts education and the University’s “Principles of Undergraduate Learning.”

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.