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College of Liberal Arts

Organization and Purpose

The College of Liberal Arts consists of six departments and three schools. The departments are Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology. The three schools are the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the School of Languages and Cultures, and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The college offers a variety of programs designed to prepare you for continued intellectual growth and provide specialized training in many areas. In order to prepare properly for the challenge of adult life, you will find in the college's programs a broad range of curricula carefully planned to develop your capacities, abilities and skills.

As our society becomes increasingly complex with continued reliance on skill and knowledge, we are confronted by the necessity for better understanding and communication among the various segments of society. Scientists, engineers, physicians, artists, lawyers and public officials must speak to each other in terms mutually comprehensible if the values of their specialties are to be transmitted into plans for action.

Knowledge of the humanities with their emphasis on the individual, society and their goals; of the social sciences with their analysis of our attempt to understand and guide society; and of education with its emphasis on transmission of accumulated knowledge from one generation to the next plays a central role in facilitating communication among the parts of society. Such knowledge involves balance, tolerance for all facets of knowledge, respect for all useful skills and techniques and, above all, the understanding of ourselves and others.

The College of Liberal Arts offers curricula leading to a B.A. degree. Both introductory and advanced education is available. Most students interested in becoming secondary or elementary teachers should make application to the Office of Certification in the College of Education during the sophomore year. Specific offerings and the requirements for degrees are listed in this online resource.