A community of scholars studying great books

Dialogue with Plato. Meditate with Buddha. Seek with Anselm. Journey with Dante. Behold with Julian. Doubt with Descartes. Love with Austen. Create with Shelley. Live with Thoreau. Evolve with Darwin. Work with Marx. Sing with Du Bois. Dream with MLK. 

What is the Program of Liberal Studies? What can I do with a PLS degree?

Meet Our Students

Sara Ferraro, PLS '22, learns for its own sake and for the common good.

Meet Our Faculty

Professor Katie Bugyis's research inspires Lauren Groff's bestselling and National Book Award nominated new novel.

Meet Our Alumni

John Blasi, PLS '90, needs liberal arts majors

Join a Living Tradition

At the core of the Program of Liberal Studies are the six Great Books Seminars that begin in ancient Greece and end in mid-twentieth century America. Along the way, students and faculty read a range of texts from various disciplines and geographies that have been chosen for their depth of insight into human lives and societies, their moral and aesthetic value, and their historical influence.