Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences! CLAS is the largest of Grand Valley's colleges. Our students choose from more than 50 bachelor degrees (and a growing number of advanced degrees) in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. In fact, all GVSU undergraduates build the foundation for their major studies in general education courses offered by our College. It all starts here.     

CLAS Office to operate with lowered density beginning January 10, 2022

The College office will operate starting January 10 with fewer employees on-site (Alert Level 3) and some working remotely.  Emailing staffers may be the quickest way to contact us.  Find our contact details here.


CLAS Director of Tutoring Candidate Talks

The three candidates for the director of tutoring position will give talks on January 18, 19, and 20.  For more information, please use your GVSU faculty and staff log in.

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Graduate appearing as main character in Netflix real crime show

Scott Watson, '09, is portraying the main character in the three-part show.

Jan 19, 2022

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Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence 

Dwayne Tunstall

Dwayne Tunstall of the Department of Philosophy will become Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence in June 2022.  Dwayne comes to the position with a deep scholarly background in diversity and inclusion, experience in student support programs, and a clear passion for the work.  He was chosen from an excellent field of well-qualified candidates.  The College welcomes Dwayne to his new post and thanks all who participated in the search. 


GVSU Arts Celebration Fund

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CLAS Fellowships for Liberal Education in Action

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This fund will provide CLAS students with financial support to allow them to participate in high impact experiences such as research, internships, community-based projects, etc. that might have too much opportunity cost without this support.


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GSA Student Awards to CLAS Students, Fall 2021

Several CLAS students were honored with Graduate School Awards.

Dec 8, 2021

Vale, Cheri Gerhart

We join AWRI in mourning the passage of Cheri Gerhardt who for several years has been providing instruction aboard the AWRI vessel Jackson.

Oct 4, 2021

Vale, Affiliate Professor Steve Engel

Students and colleagues are remembering Affiliate Professor Steve Engel with great affection.

Oct 1, 2021

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Dean Fred Antczak Endowed Scholarship

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This fund is to benefit students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have a financial need.

CLAS Endowed Scholarship

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In addition to preparing our students for success, CLAS has created an endowed scholarship fund focused on the needs of our students. The purpose of the CLAS Endowed Scholarship Fund will be to provide our students with scholarships that can be used to support their academic plans.

Diversity in Education Endowed Scholarship

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To assist an undergraduate full-time student of color with the intention of pursuing a career as a teacher, preference will be given to students participating in any existing teacher pipeline partnership programs.

CLAS Innovation Fund

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The CLAS Innovation Fund (formerly known as the CLAS Fund for Excellence) supports College programs for faculty and students which are fine examples of our mission: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life.

History Professor Louis Moore

Locked in Virtual Space

Professor Tim Evans has emerged from his big adventure at NASA.

New Music Ensemble Setting National Parks to Music

With some help from the National Endowment for the Arts, the GV New Music Ensemble takes the show on the road in grand style.

Laker Marching Band

The Olosho Ethnobotany Project

Prof. Sok Kean Khoo and students research together