College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

CLAS Mission Statement
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Alfred University fosters students' intellectual, creative, and personal development. Our curriculum builds upon the University's history of inclusiveness, commitment to global awareness, and enduring ties to the community. Through a breadth of programs and the depth offered in the majors, students explore and engage with the world, think critically about it, act creatively within it, reflect on their experiences, and share the knowledge they acquire with others. We educate life-long learners.

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Time to Explore
Alfred University's liberal arts and sciences curriculum prepares our graduates to be informed and responsible citizens, able to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Right from the start, students are encouraged to explore the many fields, subjects, approaches, and resources available at AU before deciding on a particular focus or major.

Since the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is part of a comprehensive university, students have opportunities to take courses in business, art and design, and engineering. They can also be actively involved in high quality dance, music, or theatre productions, and participate in research projects, internships and study abroad programs. No matter which of our over 30 majors students choose to pursue, they will benefit from high quality instruction in small, intimate class settings.

Our faculty members are dedicated to teaching and advising. They give the kind of personal attention that encourages students to find direction and to succeed in their efforts. We take great pride in the fact that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty has been awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nations oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. This distinction has been earned by only the top 10 percent of liberal arts and sciences colleges in the country. Learn more about Alfred University faculty.

We believe that high quality academic advising is essential to the well-being of both the College and its students. New students meet with their faculty advisers on a regular basis during their first year, laying the foundation for a relationship that will deepen during their AU career. A Student Alert System allows the College to know if a student needs extra support or special attention.

First Year Experience (FYE)
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences FYE (First Year Experience) Program is specifically designed to help new students adjust to the personal and academic challenges of college, to familiarize them with Alfred’s community and resources, and to help them discover the value of a liberal arts and sciences education. The FYE program, which features small classes, peer mentors, and enthusiastic instructors, is dedicated to the success of first-year students.

General Education Requirements
To earn a degree from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University, you will have to complete what are called General Education Requirements. The General Education Program is divided into two parts: Basic Competencies and Areas of Knowledge. Students are encouraged to complete the General Education Program during their first two years of study. The competency requirements may be satisfied either through proficiency examinations (which carry no academic credit) or course work (which does carry academic credit).


Honors Program
Majors and Minors
Research Opportunities
Undeclared Major

Activities and Resources

Career Services
Center for Academic Success
International Programs
Writing Center

Contact Us

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Seidlin Hall
Alfred University
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

Ph: 607.871.2171

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