About the College


How do you live a satisfying life? How do you understand others and the world around you? How do you explore the person you are meant to be?

Welcome to Benedictine University’s College of Liberal Arts! We are home to undergraduate programs in the Arts (Music, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts & Design, and Communication Arts), the Humanities (Literature, History, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, and Theology), and the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, and Political Science). We also house graduate programs in Clinical Psychology and Linguistics.

The “Liberal” in ‘Liberal Arts’ doesn’t refer to a political viewpoint, but rather what allows you to be free—liberated! And “Arts” refer to how to create things well—in this case how to make a life and develop yourself. Taken together, these liberal arts disciplines allow you to swim rather than float through life. They do this by helping you be adaptable and flexible in the face of change; enabling you to communicate across differences in culture, nation, and creed; allowing you to navigate what is based upon what was; and providing intellectual self-defense against anyone seeking to take advantage of you or those you love. For such reasons, these liberal arts goals also complement Benedictine values celebrating purposeful living, inclusivity, and social justice.

And if that weren’t enough, the liberal arts provide the 21st-century skills that employers say they prize: communication abilities in speech and writing and listening, critical thinking and complex argumentation, media analysis, and the power both to see connections across disciplines and encounter diversity productively and respectfully.

Whatever your major, the liberal arts remain at the center of your Benedictine education and help you to explore and deepen your learning in whatever your chosen field is. The College houses the General Education and Writing programs, which touch every student at the University. And the Scholars Program run through the College of Liberal Arts makes it possible for the most academically talented students at the University to grow as thinkers, leaders, and global citizens.

Joseph IncandelaCome discover yourself and your world in the College of Liberal Arts! We would be delighted to meet with you and discuss your academic interests.

Joseph Incandela, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

The Mission of the College of Liberal Arts
Committed to inclusion and equity, the College of Liberal Arts is the intellectual home of dialogue across difference. As stewards of the Benedictine tradition, we cultivate wisdom and prepare students for meaningful life and work. We make an exceptional education in the arts, humanities, and social sciences accessible to all.