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CLS Dean Pappas Retiring in December 2016  After a long and successful higher education career, CLS Dean James Pappas will retire from OU in December of this year.

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Future Students Learn more about our degree programs across the disciplines, from administrative leadership to criminal justice to world cultural studies to museum studies and more.

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Military Students With more than 50 years of experience in combining innovation and flexibility, CLS fully supports the educational needs of our military students worldwide.

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Accredited As one of the 20 colleges at the University of Oklahoma, all CLS undergraduate and graduate degree programs are regionally-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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The College of Liberal Studies is a fully accredited, academic division of the University of Oklahoma. For our students, this means that while they may not be able to attend classes on the OU campus, they will still be able to learn from our distinguished OU faculty and the unique life experiences of their adult classmates participating from locations around the world.

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Advance your career with degrees designed for working adults and non traditional students. Explore CLS Graduate Degrees.

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Informing our state-of-the-art online offerings is our nearly 60-year history of academic excellence and innovation. CLS has been leading the charge in adult and nontraditional student higher education since its founding in 1961. Our online programs extend and build upon that pioneering legacy and prepare motivated students for leadership roles in today’s most critical fields.

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D2L to Canvas Conversion

CLS D2L to Canvas Conversion

OU is adopting Canvas as our new learning management system that will eventually replace Desire2Learn. We are very excited about this transition and believe it will allow us to elevate the quality of our online courses to new heights. CLS begins piloting Canvas in Fall 2016. Learn more

CLS Ranks Best Online

Best Online Programs U.S. News & World Reports Bachelor's 2016

Programs offered by CLS rank on the “2016 Best Online Programs” list by U.S. News & World Report. The list, an analysis of U.S. higher education options for non-traditional learners, names the OU #30 out of 300 schools considered. Read more