Contact & Locations


College of
Letters, Arts & Social Sciences

Physical Address:
Admin. Bldg. 112
phone: (208) 885-6426
fax: (208) 885-8964

Mailing Address:
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences 
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

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College of
Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 112
P.O. Box 443154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154
phone: (208) 885-6426
fax: (208) 885-8964

Students learning at a computer

Why Liberal Arts?

When you study the liberal arts, you prepare for much more than a career. You prepare for life.

By exploring a wide range of topics and disciplines, you gain a panoramic view about the world and an understanding about yourself and your role in this world. You become equipped with the insight, context and skills you need to succeed professionally and personally in this ever-changing, increasingly complex world.

Employers Want You

In today’s dynamic workplace, a liberal arts education is more desirable than ever before. Employers want individuals who can think logically and creatively, solve problems and adapt to change. Employers often seek people with a well-rounded education and a broad skill set, rather than those who have training in one field. Your liberal arts education prepares you to meet this demand with the following skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Adaptability 
  • Versatility 
  • Reasoning 
  • Leadership 
  • Global understanding 
  • Critical and creative thinking 
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Passion for learning
  • Moral and ethical reasoning
  • Diversity consciousness 


Outstanding Career Opportunities

What can you do with a degree from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences? You are limited only by your imagination. Your degree will position you for a wide range of excellent opportunities. Our alumni have careers in politics, the arts, journalism, social services, administration and management, international service, education and more. An undergraduate degree in the liberal arts is a smart choice for those who plan to go to graduate school, law school or medical school.

Perspective and Solace

During challenging times, the humanities, social sciences and arts elevate the human spirit. The humanities (philosophy, English, foreign language, journalism, history) and the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science) add perspective and provide an understanding about the world’s complexities. The arts, music and theatre bring solace and an appreciation for the human spirit.

Good Citizenship

When you study the liberal arts, you come to realize that each of us is a piece of a much larger puzzle. You learn to think with an open mind and you develop compassion and tolerance for people from diverse cultures and circumstances. The liberal arts give you an understanding for how your actions affect others and teach you the value of good citizenship and giving back. You’ll graduate prepared to be a productive member of your community.