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 15 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 introduce new students to the opportunities and importance of a liberal arts education, familiarize them with Alfred's community and resources, and help them adjust to the academic challenges as well as personal responsibilities of college. This program, with its small classes, peer mentors, and dedicated instructors, contributes significantly to the retention 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).