The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) is the oldest
college at DePaul University, with 29 undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Courses are offered days, evenings and weekends, primarily on the Lincoln Park campus. LAS includes several key academic centers, including the Center for Black Diaspora, the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, the Center for Interreligious Engagement, the Center for Latino Research, the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, the DePaul Humanities Center, the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, and the Social Science Research Center.
LAS is committed to providing all of its students with a liberal arts education that balances in-depth study in certain areas with a breadth of experience in the various disciplines that form the core of human knowledge. Its
degree-granting programs and disciplines share a commitment to the
highest standards of academic quality, to a mode of study that nurtures
critical thinking skills, to a self-conscious examination of questions
of value and meaning, and to the development of those habits of the
heart and mind intrinsic to a life-long and independent learner.
LAS values and nurtures the urban and Vincentian mission of DePaul. The interactions among its faculty and between its faculty and its students are
characterized by personalism. Significant portions of the curriculum
speak to questions of social responsibility, ethical standards for
behavior, and an active engagement with the people and the challenges of
the Chicago community.