Academics | College of Liberal Arts | SIU

Southern Illinois University



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We are proud to be one of the most academically diverse colleges of SIU, housing 12 academic programs in 6 Schools, plus dynamic research and resource centers unique to SIU. Our community includes undergraduate and graduate students, pursuing degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

We purposefully integrate the arts, humanities, and social sciences, creating a unique liberal arts educational experience. Having more areas of study with fewer barriers, we empower students to find creative ways to blend insights gained from different academic approaches.

What this means is that your degree is your degree. Our academic units work together to give you the choices you want to personalize your liberal arts education. You can even build your own custom bachelor’s degree using our University Studies program. At CoLA, you will find the opportunities that you want and study the fields that interest you.


Liberal Arts offers 16 majors and 27 minors. Several of the majors also offer different specializations.