Mission and Goals


The mission of the bachelor of arts program in liberal arts is rooted in a long tradition of independent inquiry, engagement with diverse perspectives and creative problem solving. The major serves students whose academic interests are not fully met by NU’s traditional programs in the humanities, arts, and social and physical sciences.


The goals of the liberal arts major program are to produce independent, critical thinkers who are well prepared for life after college, whether in graduate studies or employment in any number of fields depending upon the topic of study. Specifically, students will:

  1. Understand the interconnections between academic disciplines;
  2. Synthesize diverse types of knowledge to solve problems;
  3. Communicate effectively across disciplinary discourses.