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The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) is the foundational college of DePaul University.  We emphasize a model of leadership empowered by the liberal arts in all of our 31 undergraduate majors, 63 minors, 27 graduate programs, and 17 combined degrees – the most wide-ranging and diverse set of academic offerings at the university. Our faculty are curious, actively engaged intellectuals who help students become citizens who thoughtfully and critically engage with complex issues. Our staff offer holistic support and advising to facilitate student success from matriculation to graduation and beyond.


•       Undergraduate students develop communication skills, reasoning abilities, and intercultural proficiency—all highly valued by prospective employers—in their chosen majors, many of which integrate interdisciplinary inquiry.

•       Graduate students develop the research and practical skills that lead them to success in their chosen professions or further study.

•       With deep ties to Chicago and its environs, LAS offers all of its students – from first year onward – myriad opportunities for service learning courses, internships, and study abroad programs.

•       Eleven centers and institutes​ bring our collaborative expertise to the rest of DePaul and the wider world.

•       LAS is home to seven academic journals, a scholarly press, and numerous print and online venues that showcase our students’ scholarship and creative work.


•      LAS has partnered with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago History Museum to provide free admission for all DePaul students.
•     Seven LAS students were awarded scholarships in the 2016-2017 Fulbright and Boren award competition under the guidance of Associate Professor Phillip Stalley of the Department of Political Science. 
•     The college supports student research through two grant programs for undergraduate students, the Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (URAP) and Summer Undergraduate Research Grant (SURG) and, for graduate students the Graduate Research Funding (GRF) program. 
 •     Creating Knowledge, the LAS journal exclusively devoted to undergraduate researc, published its tenth volume in 2017, showcasing the scholarship and creative work of 34 students representing all LAS disciplines and programs. 
 •     Creating Knowledge​, the LAS journal exclusively devoted to undergraduate researc, published its tenth volume in 2017, showcasing the scholarship and creative work of 34 students representing all LAS disciplines and programs. ​
  •     ​Big Shoulders Books continued its mission to disseminate, free of charge, quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared by releasing Write Your Heart Out, edited by Michele Morano, Professor of English, and Beth Catlett, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. 
  •     A new center, Studio χ  (Chi - Computer and Humanities Interface) was launched in 2017, sponsoring programming and workshops devoted to digital projects in a broad array of disciplines.
•      The Humanities Center features innovative programming for DePaul and the general public, bringing together humanists, artists, scientists, and activists in conversation about critical, current issues. Recent events featured the actor Michael Shannon, the Natives at Standing Rock, and the writer George Saunders. 
, recipient of the American Association of Geographers’ inaugural 2016 Award for Bachelors Program Excellence, has integrated drones into their geographic information systems coursework, providing students access to the latest technology in aerial photography and imaging.


Guillermo Vásquez de Velasco is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS).  He previously served as Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, and as Executive Associate Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.  

He joined DePaul University as Dean and Professor of Art, Media, and Design in 2016.  Prior to his tenure at DePaul, Ball State, and Texas A&M, Dr. Vasquez de Velasco held teaching and/or research positions at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and the Sagrado Corazón University in Lima, Peru.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning in 1979 from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru; his master’s degree in architecture in 1982 from the University of Toronto in Canada; and his doctoral degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands in 1991.

Recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, Vásquez de Velasco has combined professional practice in architecture and urbanism, with teaching, scholarship, and academic administration into a career that celebrates Design Thinking, multidisciplinary collaboration, and the constant exploration of digital technologies in design and education.  He is a passionate advocate of the critical mission of the Liberal Arts in the 21st century and its key function in the education of future leaders.  In recognition of his seminal work in the early development and use of digital technology in education, he received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.  Also, for the development of a wide variety of innovative international programs in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he was recognized with the TAMU International Excellence Award.  And, most recently, he received the 2016 Arturo Montagu Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iberoamerican Society for Computer Graphics, known as SIGraDi.  The organization gathers researchers, educators and professionals in the fields of architecture, urban design, interior design, graphic design, product design and art whose work involves digital media. 

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