Deep thinking and thoughtful doing

The School of Liberal Arts teaches students to closely examine the world and to put what they find to good use.

Our students look at the world from many perspectives, and they develop two types of skills: the abilities required for their field and the skills that transcend every job they’ll have. Here and throughout their lives, they use their liberal arts education to improve organizations, communities, and lives.

Our homes: IU, IUPUI, and Indianapolis

We’re an Indiana University school located at IUPUI, Indiana’s premier urban public research institution.

IUPUI’s campus is in downtown Indy, the state’s capital and largest city. So you can tap into local experts and employers (some of whom will be your professors) and opportunities for resume-worthy experience, like internships and service learning.

Liberal arts works for every student and every goal

A liberal arts education gives you the tools to succeed in every part of your life. You’ll develop the skills employers seek—like communication and problem solving—and the versatility to navigate an ever-changing world.

Best of all, liberal arts isn’t just for liberal arts majors. Whether you’re studying business, science, engineering, informatics, philanthropy, or another field, you’ll benefit from adding one of our majors, minors, or certificates—or just taking a few classes.

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Thomas J. Davis

Today flexibility is at a premium. Liberal arts helps you develop the adaptability and intellectual breadth to be able to thrive in any environment.

Thomas J. Davis, dean, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

Academic programs for today and tomorrow

Our 100+ majors, minors, and certificates are broad and strong, and we’re always adding more to prepare our students for important careers.

Our BA in medical humanities and health studies was among the first of its kind. In a new PhD in American studies, students work with community partners to examine how arts and cultural organizations affect communities. And our BA/JD program helps students earn a School of Liberal Arts degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven.

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Research and projects that tackle big problems

Our faculty are sought-after experts who advance thought on critical topics—from humanitarian crises to climate change—and create projects that help local communities. We’re also home to rare resources, like the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and a collection of the works of Frederick Douglass.

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#LiberalArtsWorks: An education for a lifetime

Tiffany Kyser

My liberal arts degree positioned me significantly well to negotiate the job market, but also to see myself as a three-dimensional person, to see those I interact with as complex individuals with rich experiences, and to deeply value community and civic engagement.

Tiffany Kyser, MA English, associate director of engagement and partnerships, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, Great Lakes Equity Center

Alumni who are shaping our city, state, and world

Our alumni have led cities and businesses and nonprofits, helped try war criminals, performed for packed houses, communicated for Fortune 500 companies, engineered better engines, shaped education policy, and saved patients’ lives. What will you do with your School of Liberal Arts degree?

Put liberal arts to work for you