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Academic Distinction

The PLU Experience

PLU offers over 40 academic majors, 50 minors, and purposefully integrates professional studies with the liberal arts and sciences for a comprehensive education to successfully prepare students for “lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.”

Who teaches you?

All classes are taught by PLU professors, not teaching assistants, with an average class size of 18 students. Our professors are experts in their fields who care as much about who they teaching as they do about what they’re teaching. They are mentors and fellow learners who encourage you to consider new ways of thinking, to take risks and grow.

Experiential learning

Learn inside and outside the classroom. PLU offers close student-faculty research opportunities, along with study away experiences, internships, field studies, lab work, clinical hours, and more.

Why the liberal arts and sciences?

At the core of a liberal arts and sciences education is flexibility, creativity, critical thinking, and strong communication skills (particularly writing), all of which are critical to success today and in the future. It’s not surprising that a recent survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows that more than three-quarters of employers would recommend an education with this emphasis.

All successful careers require critical thinking, teamwork, sensitivity to cultural, demographic, economic and societal differences and political perspectives, all provided by a liberal arts education. Currently, a third of all Fortune 500 CEOs have liberal arts degrees.

Majors

PLU purposely integrates professional studies with the liberal arts for a comprehensive education to successfully prepare students for “lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.”

Research

PLU emphasizes the importance of student research and creative projects — from summer-long student-faculty research to student-directed plays.

Global Education

PLU is a national leader in global education, with a vision for “educating for a just, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful world at home and abroad.”

Lutheran Education

We believe in authentically engaging, questioning, serving and caring for our communities and the world; and in educating our students to live out their vocations.