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SAIC Provides You a Firm Grounding in the Liberal Arts

The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides the rational and intellectual foundation for success at SAIC and in your continuing practice as an artist.


As an undergraduate, you will be required to complete some of your coursework in this department, with specific requirements varying by degree. Many of the courses combine specialized knowledge with specific art topics, so you can apply the knowledge you gain to your studio work. The department offers courses in these subject areas:

  • Humanities
  • Social science
  • Natural science
  • English
  • Foreign languages and American Sign Language

Students may choose a BFA in Studio with Liberal Arts Thesis Option in which they complete a nine-credit, research-based academic thesis as part of their BFA in Studio degree. 


You will study under writers, historians, philosophers, psychologists, scientists, and musicians who bring years of accomplishment and teaching experience in their respective fields to the classroom.

English for International Students and Academic Access

The Liberal Arts department houses two academic enrichment programs: English for International Students and Academic Access.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate admissions website or contact the undergraduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or