LAS Highlights

  1. LAS students have access to unparalleled educational, cultural and professional opportunities in Chicago and the world: 42% percent of UIC undergraduates pay no tuition to attend UIC and 98% of LAS students were accepted to programs at other universities and chose to come to UIC.


  2. LAS embraces and embodies diversity, in the students it educates, the staff and faculty it hires, the subjects it teaches, the programs it runs and the possibilities it creates. Currently, minority groups represent 56% of the LAS undergraduate population.


  3. Our faculty is engaged in creating a better society through research that works to mediate the questions of poverty, violence, race and gender relations, and political, social and eco-systems.


  4. Our faculty members have received top national and international awards including MacArthur, Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH and Humboldt fellowships, and have been recognized as Pulitzer and National Book Award finalists.


  5. Research in LAS has real-world application. Several LAS faculty have changed the way we understand the world in which we live, from Cecilia Gerber's discovery of the top quark, to Anna Roosevelt's discovery of hunter-gatherer remains and cave paintings in the Brazilian Amazon dating to over 10,000 years ago, to Peter Doran's international 10,000-scientist strong conversation about global warming.


  6. LAS faculty members are engaged in pioneering research in K-12 education. Roger Weissberg is a national leader in both the research and adoption of social and emotional learning in school curriculums, and Susan Goldman and Jim Pellegrino are leaders in the burgeoning field of learning sciences, changing the ways that students learn how to read, and do math and science in classroom.


  7. Over the last two years, external funding by LAS faculty has increased by 37%, currently totaling more than $200 million.


  8. Research is not just for faculty. Undergraduate students have the unique opportunity to conduct original research under faculty mentorship through the LAS Undergraduate Research Initiative. Projects range from studying the nesting patterns of the Monk Parakeet, to examining the thermal evolution of the moon.


  9. LAS offers many choices of areas to study with over 40 majors and minors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, ranging from biochemistry to Latin American and Latino studies.


  10. The UIC program in Learning Sciences is the first of its kind in the nation to combine doctoral training in the learning sciences with graduate-level study in a disciplinary specialization (e.g., chemistry, computer science, history, literacy, mathematics).


  11. Students can study 14 different languages and can soon complete a Global Learning Community Certificate, which fosters intercultural engagement and gives them the tools to become global citizens.


  12. Many of our departments, including Earth and Environmental Studies, English, Germanic Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, and History are considered to be top in their fields.