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College of Liberal Studies

liberal studies n. interdisciplinary studies directed to a general broadening of the mind and an expanded understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

A History of Innovation

The University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies (CLS) was established in 1960 by OU professors and administrators who recognized the need for adult and non-traditional students to continue their education while balancing work and family obligations. In a truly collaborative effort, faculty members from OU's existing colleges developed the first interdisciplinary Liberal Studies degree program in the country.

A Half-Century of Excellence

For more than 50 years, CLS has evolved to meet the academic and professional demands of its students and has become an internationally-recognized leader in higher education for non-traditional and adult students. From its humble beginnings of one-week seminars, to offering OU's first 100% online degree in 2003, CLS continues to develop accredited degree programs that allow its graduates to meet the challenges of the future.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide the highest quality interdisciplinary education to non-traditional students, promote lifelong learning, and encourage the work of active citizenship.