With 17 departments, two divisions, 33 degree programs and more than 6,000 students, Liberal Arts & Sciences is the largest of the six undergraduate colleges at NIU.
The College boasts 11 Ph.D.-granting programs and is home to 10 research centers.
The Chicago Tribune earlier this year ran a front-page story on members of the Sereno family. All six siblings are NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni and all now serve as professors at major research universities in the U.S. and abroad. They include Paul Sereno, the University of Chicago’s world-famous paleontologist.
The College sponsors the unique Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. It encourages faculty to engage undergraduates in one-to-one mentorships focused on faculty research, thus providing students with opportunities to work as collaborators in the search for new knowledge.
The College is helping lead university efforts to boost science, technology, engineering and math skills and interests of young people before they reach college age. Outreach activities include traveling science demonstrations and summer science camps for high school and middle school students.
Each Halloween season, hundreds of young people flock to NIU for the Haunted Physics Laboratory and Creepy Chemistry Lab. The effort sparks young people’s interest in science. The 2008 demonstrations, staged by departments within Liberal Arts & Sciences, drew a record 1,700 visitors.