College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students travel to and from class and other activities along Cougar Walk on APU’s East Campus.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) advances the mission of the university by cultivating academic programs of excellence in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines; fostering a culture of scholarship among faculty and students; and preparing students for advanced study, civic engagement, vocational success, and a well-lived life.

The college includes six academic departments; several institutes, centers, and special programs; and nearly 100 full-time faculty. CLAS offers a wide range of major and minor undergraduate degree programs, as well as many of the courses in the university’s General Education program and numerous discipline-specific student honor societies. CLAS also houses graduate programs in applied statistics and analytics, biotechnology, public administration, English, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). 

The Center for Public Affairs (Sacramento)

Azusa Pacific University’s Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento offers a meeting place for students and leaders who seek to influence public affairs from a values-based perspective, as well as a venue for thoughtful civic discourse. The center is the first of its kind in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), and offers unique programs integrating excellent training in the theory and practice of public service stemming from a robust cross-disciplinary research agenda, while remaining grounded in the Christian tradition.

The Center for Public Affairs offers two distinct applied academic programs: an online Master of Public Administration degree and a semester-long study-away experience for APU undergraduate students.

The Center for Research in Science

The Center for Research in Science (CRIS) serves internal and external communities by promoting research that encompasses and extends the scope of scientific studies to address the inseparable relationship between science and culture, its role in a classical liberal arts education, and the dialogue between faith and reason.

The Math and Physics Center

The Math and Physics Center provides additional opportunities for APU students who benefit from assistance at all levels of mathematics and physics. Student tutors (primarily APU mathematics majors) are on-site for free walk-in tutoring from 2-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, throughout each semester. The Math and Physics Center provides an excellent environment for math and physics learners to develop and practice their skills.

American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)

The American Language and Culture Institute team administers and teaches extensive English language and cultural programs, including tutoring and mentoring, to all international students for whom English is a second language. International students are able to acquire all the necessary skills to function and compete within the American university environment. ALCI also offers opportunities for American and international students to develop leadership and cross-cultural skills (for more information, see the Admissions section of this catalog).

Ethnic Studies Minor

The Ethnic Studies minor enhances students’ understanding of the experiences of U.S. immigrant populations and communities of color, along with a sensitivity to issues of race, ethnicity, and social class. The program also enables students to analyze contemporary social problems that affect these populations and to evaluate public policy related to immigration, education, criminal justice, health care, and economic development.

Humanities Minor

The Humanities minor is supported by five interdisciplinary seminars in the subject areas of aesthetics, great ideas, great works, literary masterpieces, and Christian classics. These seminars are housed in CLAS and supported by faculty within the Department of History and Political Science and the Department of English and Modern Languages, with participation by faculty in the College of the Arts and the School of Theology.

Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies minor program offers a learning environment that equips a rising generation with the intellectual tools and learning experiences needed to understand and address the causes and consequences of the unprecedented environmental challenges facing them. The program summons students to a profound interior conversion—an “‘ecological conversion,’ whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (Pope Francis, Laudato si’). This includes a systematic examination of how human beings affect the environment and how the environment affects human institutions and relationships. This minor program supports the emerging need to equip students in the area of sustainability, and also supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals related to environmental sciences.


Interim Dean

Denise Edwards-Neff, Ph.D., APR

Interim Associate Dean

Mary Shepard Wong, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean

Louise Huang, Ph.D.