About CLAS


Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, commonly referred to as CLAS. CLAS houses the humanities, social sciences, math, and natural sciences, and coheres with the university’s purpose: education that prepares students not only for a specific profession, but also for lifelong learning in the context of Christian leadership and service.

The college includes 9 academic departments, 1 institute, 2 centers, and nearly 100 full-time faculty. CLAS offers 21 undergraduate majors, and graduate programs in TESOL and Urban Leadership (MATUL). The college also offers many of the courses in the university’s General Education program. CLAS additionally houses the student newspaper, a forensics program, and the campus radio station.

CLAS Centers

The Center for Research in Science

The Center for Research in Science (CRIS), located in the Segerstrom Science Center, serves a community of students, scholars, and laypersons by promoting research that encompasses and extends the scope of scientific studies to address the inseparable relationship between science and culture, its role in classical liberal arts education, and the dialogue between faith and reason.

The Math Center

The Math Center (Segerstrom Science Center, 170) provides additional opportunities for APU students who need assistance at all levels of mathematics. Student tutors (mostly APU mathematics majors) are on site for walk-in tutoring from 2–8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, throughout each semester. Physics tutoring is also provided by APU physics majors. The staff encourages learning mathematics by doing mathematics. The Math Center provides an excellent environment for math learners to develop and practice their math skills.

CLAS Ancillary Programs

CLAS houses the Ethnic Studies program, Humanities program, and the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K–8 program.

Ethnic Studies Program

The Ethnic Studies program at APU enhances students’ understanding of the experiences of U.S. immigrant populations and communities of color. The program also enables students to analyze contemporary social problems that affect these populations, and to evaluate public policy related to the areas of immigration, education, criminal justice, health care, and economic development.


APU’s Humanities program is supported by five interdisciplinary seminars in the subject areas of aesthetics, great ideas, great works, literary masterpieces, and Christian classics. These seminars are housed in the CLAS departments of Art, History and Political Science, and English, and the undergraduate division of the School of Theology. More information may be found on the Humanities program page, the course descriptions within each department, as well as in the section on General Education.

Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K–8

This program equips future teachers by promoting an understanding of all students, emphasizing knowledge of subject matter, and cultivating awareness of cultural diversity in the teaching profession through coursework and experiences in surrounding school districts that develop a Christian worldview.

American Language and Culture Institute

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) offers extensive English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and cultural programs to international students, enabling them to acquire the necessary skills to function and compete within the American university environment. Students who have not obtained the required English proficiency scores may complete ALCI's program to enter their undergraduate or graduate program at APU.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.