Clark Building, Room C138
Professor Ben Withers, Dean
Professor Alexandra Bernasek, Senior Associate Dean
Professor Roze Hentschell, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Professor Michael Carolan, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
- Art (B.A.)
- Art (B.F.A.)
- Communication Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Journalism and Media Communication
- Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Music (B.A.)
- Music (B.M.)
- Political Science
- Women's and Gender Studies
Dual Degree Programs
- Majors in Engineering Science (B.S.) and International Studies (B.A.)
- Majors in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (B.A.) and Engineering Science (B.S.)
- Applied Environmental Policy Analysis
- Creative Writing
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Ethnic Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Theatre – Acting/Directing
- Theatre – Design/Technical Theatre
- Technical and Science Communication
Interdisciplinary and Interdepartmental Minors
- Arabic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Arts Leadership and Administration Minor (No new students are being accepted to this minor.)
- Environmental Affairs Interdisciplinary Minor
- Film Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Global Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Italian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Legal Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Linguistics and Culture Interdisciplinary Minor
- Media Studies Minor
- Music, Stage and Sports Production Interdisciplinary Minor
- Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Russian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor
- Women’s Study Interdisciplinary Minor
For a complete list of departmental program offerings (including certificates), see individual department catalog pages.
College-Wide Graduate Programs
- Master in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management, Plan C
The College of Liberal Arts aims to educate committed and active citizens and to develop in them an understanding of humans, including their history, literature, and art; their social, political, and economic systems; and their relationship to the environment. The College offers courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, which constitute the foundation of a liberal arts education.
Undergraduate majors lead to one of four degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Science. Descriptions of the specific departmental and interdepartmental majors and concentrations in the College of Liberal Arts are located in the following pages.
Students should consider simultaneously completing the requirements of a second major or a departmental or interdisciplinary minor, either in the College of Liberal Arts or in another college. With careful planning, numerous combinations are possible within four years of study.
The minimum scholastic average acceptable for graduation in any college program is a 2.000 average in all major courses in addition to the university’s overall grade point average requirement of 2.000 for CSU courses.
Undergraduate Career Opportunities and Career Counseling
Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts enter a remarkable variety of careers. Degrees from the College of Liberal Arts prepare students for success in their professional, personal, and civic lives. The skills and dispositions students develop through study in the liberal arts are widely sought. In preparing themselves for future career opportunities students are encouraged to work closely with Academic Support Coordinators, departmental mentors, and career counselors. Through these conversations students will be encouraged to develop resumes, interviewing skills, and articulation of the ways in which their skills will benefit potential employers. Students should also consider participating in internships to gain practical work experience.
Clark C, Room 336B
Prelaw adviser, Dr. Courtenay Daum
Students preparing for law school can choose any major. Law schools seek above-average students with broad educational backgrounds and excellent communication, and analytical skills. Prelaw students, regardless of major, should design a course of study that develops their skills in speaking, writing and analytical capabilities. Law schools require an undergraduate degree for admission. Visit the Department of Political Science for more information.
Because the knowledge of at least one other culture is valuable in understanding our own, students are encouraged to take a semester or longer to study outside of the United States as part of their overall program at CSU. Students interested in education abroad should plan, far in advance, by discussing opportunities with their advisor and by visiting the Office of International Programs in Laurel Hall.
Foreign Service Officer Career
Students interested in a career as a foreign service officer may prepare for both the general Foreign Service Officer Examination and the associated language examination within the following majors: economics; history; international studies; journalism and technical communication; languages, literatures, and cultures; liberal arts; political science; or sociology.
A variety of liberal arts advanced degrees are available in the College. Academic degrees offered are Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Music. The last two are generally considered professional degrees.
The College offers three interdisciplinary master’s degrees. The Department of Anthropology offers a master’s degree in Anthropology with a specialization in International Development, with courses from across CSU. The Departments of English and Languages, Literatures and Cultures offer a joint master’s program in foreign languages and the teaching of English as a second/foreign language. The LEAP Institute for the Arts offers a Master's in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management in collaboration with the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts and others, that prepares students for leadership opportunities within and outside of the creative sector. Information on all three degree programs may be obtained from any participating department.
For detailed information about graduate programs, contact individual departments. See also the Graduate and Professional Bulletin.