Liberal Arts: Undergraduate Overview
You will spend a portion of your first years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) studying in the Department of Liberal Arts. First year classes draw from the following three departments:
- Liberal Arts: general education
- Department of Contemporary Practices: studio courses
- Art History, Theory, and Criticism
First Year Seminar
Your Liberal Arts courses will start with the composition, creative writing, and content-based writing courses: ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I, followed by ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II, which center on issues found in a particular discipline.
Examples of current or past first year seminars include:
- Social Space and the Artist
- Philosophy of Sex
- American Writers in Paris
- Memory and Imagination
- Dangerous Ideas
After successfully completing six English credits, students choose courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Credit hour requirements in these areas vary depending on your degree program.
Learn more about undergraduate degree requirements by visiting our undergraduate degree pages.