College of LAS « Illinois

Hands-on learning opportunities

In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, we value hands-on learning.

We'll help you take your studies into real communities, open your eyes to new experiences and cultures, and prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Service learning in the community

A student volunteering with students in a local school

Classes like Spanish in the Community take students out of the classroom and into the Urbana-Champaign area. In this particular class, students to work with local Spanish-speaking communities. As they volunteer at schools, health care organizations, and other non-profits, they both learn from and contribute to the lives of others.

Expanding worldviews through Grand Challenge Learning courses

Students sitting in circled desks.

General education courses help students expand their worldview. Illinois' Grand Challenge Learning courses take that concept further by offering an interdisciplinary look at topics like health, inequality, and sustainability. Professors recognized as the best teachers on campus lead these classes, which include special projects that help students apply their learning to address real-world issues.

Traveling throughout the United States

Students observe a moose in Yellowstone National Park.

In classes like Politics of the National Parks, students immerse themselves in an area they're learning about. This two-week program uses the Greater Yellowstone Area as a classroom to explore how people relate to nature. Students examine political questions associated with natural resources and the environment. They also hike and meet the park's stakeholders, including Native Americans, environmentalists, and hunters.

Exploring the world through international programs

Students hike in Sweden.

LAS offers countless opportunities to take one class abroad, or to spend a semester or year immersed in another culture. One example: Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic. This summer course abroad allows students to explore the changes in the Arctic region in the context of climate change and globalization. The group studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Then, students conduct field work in the Arctic province of Lapland, Sweden, where they tour mines, hike mountains, and explore glaciers.