CLS Commitments

Knowledge works

UWL’s CLS believes in and enacts the value of a liberal education—such value incorporates economic significance, organizational contributions, and personal development. Disciplines outside CLS also recognize the importance of broad-based liberal education for long-term personal and career success of global citizens.

We Gain:

Inclusive excellence

96% of surveyed employers state that educational experiences must teach future employees to solve problems and successfully communicate with people whose views and backgrounds are different from their own. Additionally, valuing and appreciating difference leads to innovation, creativity, and unique ways of problem-solving.

We Value:

Global Citizenship

Research shows students need to be globally competent to be successful 21st century citizens. Programs in CLS provide and connect with culturally-rich experiences and educational opportunities on campus, within the region, the nation, and our larger world.

We Pursue:

Community Engagement

Applied learning opportunities are a hallmark of a student’s experience in the CLS—from internships, to course-embedded research projects, to client-service projects, to volunteer opportunities, community engagement through applied learning provides the kind of leadership students and employers seek.

We Seek:


The benefits are limitless.

CLS mission

The College of Liberal Studies (CLS) provides a strong, broad-based education that prepares students for success and flexibility in their careers and personal lives. We teach content essential for meaningful participation in civic life, which includes: Understanding the value of human differences, critical engagement with global dynamics and systems, working to make a difference in our communities and the environment, developing leaders, and innovation in solving the complex problems of the 21st century.

College of Liberal Studies Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Fast facts

4 of 5 employers

agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences (AAC&U, 2014).

93% of employers

say that learning to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than a student's major (AAC&U, 2014).

3 of 4 employers

would encourage young people to pursue a liberal arts education for career success in today's global economy (AAC&U, 2013).

96% of employers

want ethical judgment and integrity as well as the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds in their future employees (AAC&U, 2013).

Our priorities

  • Effectively and logically analyzing one’s own ideas and the ideas of others
  • Effective communication, both orally and in writing
  • Addressing moral and ethical problems
  • Creative ways of innovating to solve complex problems
  • Applied learning such as internships and research projects
  • Competency interacting with diverse communities
  • Engagement with creative and artistic processes
  • Global perspectives and experiences

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