Liberal Arts Division

Welcome to the Liberal Arts Division at College of DuPage 

The Liberal Arts Division offers areas of study in Humanities, Communications, Fine and Applied Arts, as well as coursework in developmental reading and writing, ESL and a variety of Honors courses. The Performing Arts and Study Abroad also provide students a considerable range of options within the Liberal Arts Division.

The Liberal Arts curriculum is broad and rigorous, and provides much of the General Education requirements for transfer to four-year programs. Students with an interest in the arts can pursue an Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.).

The breadth of options in the Liberal Arts Division include coursework through a variety of delivery modes in HistoryHumanitiesEnglishSpeechMass CommunicationsPhilosophy/Religious Studies, and nine languages. The Applied Arts programs include transfer and occupational courses in Graphic DesignMotion Picture/Television, and Photography. Both associates degrees and certificates are offered in the Applied Arts programs.

Fine and Performing Arts opportunities for students are exciting and varied. Student performance groups and professional ensembles—including drama, chorus, orchestras, and jazz groups—yield rich experiences and fill the calendar at the McAninch Arts Center. The work of visual artists is presented in the Gahlberg Gallery and the work of students in the Wings Gallery.

Unique to the Liberal Arts Division are Study Abroad language immersion programs in Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Japan and France. These programs help students apply what they learn as they study in the host country.

The Liberal Arts faculty are noted for their excellence in the classroom, and many have published books and presented or performed at national events and conferences. The quality of students' work is a testament to the faculty's talents and commitment to fine teaching.

We appreciate the opportunity to greet you and look forward to hearing from you.


Contact Information

Liberal Arts Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616
(630) 942-2047

Faculty Spotlight

  • Michelle Moore

    Michelle MooreEnglish

    "Teaching allows me to expose others to new ideas, art and ways of thinking, which brings me a lot of joy. I want my students to see how ideas fit together and to create new ideas, while evaluating and rethinking the old ones."

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  • Sandy Fries

    Sandy FriesMass Communications

    "Students should know that their professor has professional experience in a given field, and listening to someone like Bill Shatner helps them grasp how it works behind the scenes." 

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  • Barbel Thoens-Masghati

    Bärbel E. Thoens-MasghatiLanguages

    "The world does not revolve around one language or culture, so it's important to embrace and learn more about other cultures, even if it's learning a few simple things."

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  • Marco Benassi

    Marco BenassiSpeech

    "I love to see people take risks to move ideas forward and help us all realize there are many ways to accomplish a single pursuit."

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  • Kathy Baum

    Kathy BaumArt

    "When a student is proud of what they have accomplished, especially since jewelry objects can be so different and magical, it's a fabulous moment! Why would I do anything else?"

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  • John Paris

    John ParisHistory

    "The more conscious and informed students are about the past, the more they will be truly prepared for the world beyond this level of education and the more culturally, socially and politically aware they will be as citizens of the world."

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