What Is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and How Will It Benefit You?

A liberal arts and sciences education gives you the tools you’ll need to succeed and thrive.

The liberal arts form of education covers five main areas of study: the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. If you’re looking for a well-rounded, comprehensive, engaging form of education that will set you up to succeed and thrive, liberal arts is right for you.

Pursuing a degree at UMN Morris means you’ll learn more than just what’s on the syllabus.

At UMN Morris, liberal arts goes beyond the subjects that form the framework of your education and the foundation for your chosen major. You’ll explore a wide range of academic disciplines, from art and music to math and chemistry, while mastering transferable skills like critical thinking, effective communication, and creative problem-solving. Along the way, you’ll discover your passion while strengthening your analytical, investigative, and intellectual abilities. Most importantly, you’ll be a career-ready scholar, well positioned for what comes next.

A degree from UMN Morris prepares you for:

  • Advanced degree programs
  • Career flexibility
  • Life-long learning
  • Global citizenship
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General Education Requirements

The University of Minnesota and its faculty are committed to providing an education that invites you to investigate the world from new perspectives, learn new ways of thinking, and grow as an active citizen and lifelong learner. The University’s general education requirements are designed to be integrated throughout your four-year undergraduate experience. These courses provide you an opportunity to explore fields outside your major and complement your major curriculum with a multidisciplinary perspective.