The Liberal Arts at Ottawa University

At Ottawa University, we understand the liberal arts as an interdisciplinary conversation that blends focus and breadth, situating your major/professional field with wider contexts and ideas. To this end, Ottawa University’s liberal arts studies program provides all students a shared core curriculum that develops critical thinking and long-term value for intellectual and ethical inquiry.

Virtually all colleges and universities that grant a bachelor’s degree require students to complete some kind of general education program. These institutions often ask students to take courses in a variety of disciplines to ensure breadth, with the expectation that graduates will leave the university with more at their intellectual disposal than the knowledge of their major.

One feature that distinguishes Ottawa University from other universities that offer liberal arts and pre-professional education is OUAZ’s unique Liberal Arts Studies program (LAS). Throughout your breadth area coursework at OUAZ, you will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills that will prepare you for post-graduate endeavors (i.e. entering the workforce, going to graduate/professional school, etc.).