The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI was founded in 1972, as the only public liberal arts higher education institution in the Indianapolis area. We are proud of our heritage and excited that the liberal arts model of education continues to be more relevant today than ever before. In today’s world of rapid social, economic, and technological changes, our students are well informed, highly versatile, and equipped with vital critical thinking skills and long-term training for innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Our school’s signature strengths are the breadth of disciplines and distinguished faculty that encourage students to discover their passions, view issues and challenges from various perspectives, and apply what they have learned to make a difference in their communities, the state, and the world.Tamela Eitle, Dean, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
Academic programs for today and tomorrow
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.Explore our academics
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.Learn about our research
#LiberalArtsWorks: An education for a lifetime
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?