The Iowa State College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
is a world-class learning and research community. Iowa State's most academically diverse college, LAS educates students to become global citizens, providing rigorous academic programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. LAS researchers improve lives in Iowa and around the world. They create advanced materials, develop better medicines, improve food safety and enhance cyber security. Faculty members also write about the interplay of humans and the environment, explore complex social and behavioral issues, and promote global sustainability.
- LAS students are in demand by some of Iowa's best-known employers. The companies that have hired the most LAS students in recent years include Wells Fargo, DuPont Pioneer, Target, Meredith, Mid-American Energy, Nationwide Insurance and Principal Financial Group.
- The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication is one of the first and longest continually accredited programs in the country. Students go onto careers in news, broadcast and magazine journalism, digital media, advertising, public relations and risk communication. Greenlee School graduates are currently reporting the news in 36 of 99 Iowa counties.
- A top history student in LAS, Melvin Ejim was recently named the Big 12 Conference's first men's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ejim led the Big 12 in rebounding and double-doubles this season.
- LAS has a major impact on learning at Iowa State University. The college teaches more than 60% of all ISU student credit hours for first- and second-year students, and 50% of all university undergraduate credit hours. In addition, 40% of all Iowa State Ph.D. students are in LAS.
- Of Iowa State's top 10 doctoral programs according to the National Research Council, seven are either in or co-administered by LAS: Statistics, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Plant Physiology, Physics, and Economics.
Did you know? The Princeton Review's 2012 guidebook "The Best 300 Professors" included four faculty from the state of Iowa--three from ISU--two of whom teach in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Douglas Gentile, psychology, and John Warne Monroe, history.