The School of Liberal Arts and Social Science (SLASS) is at the heart of BNU’s vision of being a liberal arts university. More than a century back Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) delivered some lectures which outline his ‘idea of a university’. One of the ideas which emerge from these lectures is that a university should be a seat of learning i.e. it should teach all branches of knowledge. The Humboldtian idea of a university is not only to teach but also produce new knowledge cutting-edge research in all branches of knowledge. These are ideals which we can aspire to in Pakistan but which we cannot reach immediately. However, despite our constraints, BNU has established liberal arts and social science subjects in order to honor branches of knowledge which utilitarian capital-generating, job oriented places of teaching ignore.
Hence it is the objective of SLASS to promote the liberal arts and social science subjects in order to equip our students with the skills required for critical thinking. Our aim is to make our students cognizant of humanitarian values so that Pakistan becomes a tolerant society. Ours is a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic society and, therefore, we have great need for accommodating our pluralism. In SLASS we have started exciting new programs which, we hope, will succeed in making us the very best place of learning in our various disciplines in time to come.
Dr. Tariq Rahman
Dean, Seeta Majeed School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS)