Mission and Goals

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts is to prepare students for lives of critical thinking, global awareness, and service. Reflecting the mission of the University, the College of Liberal Arts offers vigorous educational programs designed to preserve and strengthen the central values of a liberal arts education, while providing specializations geared to today’s career opportunities.

Through courses and programs in fine and applied arts, humanities, language and culture, and social sciences, the College is committed to providing opportunities to:

  • Develop abilities of reading, speaking, writing, and critical thinking
  • Enhance creative talents, aesthetic sensibilities, and appreciation for works of literary and artistic excellence
  • Gain meaningful insights into interpretations of human life such as religious, philosophical, and psychological
  • Elevate awareness and understanding of moral issues, and heighten a  sense of personal and social responsibility
  • Develop a deeper and more mature understanding of human behavior,  including a sense of history, and a global awareness and appreciation for cultural/linguistic diversity
  • Achieve sound preparation for immediate occupational needs or for advanced graduate or professional education
  • Cultivate a joy for learning and an excitement for continuing inquiry about themselves, their society, and the global community

The College of Liberal Arts coordinates, promotes, and supports the academic areas of fine and applied arts, humanities, language and culture, and social sciences.  The term liberal arts emphasizes exposure to a range of perspectives and a liberating attitude that frees individuals to be open-minded, creative, and inquisitive.  The College functions as an integral organizational unit, providing distinct programs and resources that advance the University’s commitment to high quality education and that affect the direction of the institution.