Liberal Arts | The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Department of Liberal Arts provides the rational and intellectual foundation for success at SAIC and in your continuing practice as a thinker and an artist.

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Coursework

Undergraduates are required to complete some coursework in this department, with specific requirements varying by degree. Many of the courses combine specialized knowledge with art topics, so knowledge may be applied to studio work. The department offers courses in the following subject areas:

  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Natural Science
  • English
  • Foreign Languages

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.