The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a liberal arts education that introduces students to the great aesthetic, moral, and intellectual traditions of humanity to provide a basis for reflecting on, appreciating and living a quality human life amidst the challenges of the 21st Century.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a community of teachers, scholars, artists and performers committed to promoting an appreciation of cultural diversity and liberal studies with a global perspective. This commitment is realized in curricula, research, community outreach and engagement, internships and study abroad opportunities.
The College houses the departments of Languages and Literatures, Mass Communications, Visual and Performing Arts, Sociology & Criminal Justice, and History, Political Science & Philosophy. The Humanities core and each major degree program has three basic emphases: 1) critical thinking skills that prepare students to make informed judgments and to find rational solutions to problems; 2) research skills that enable students to find, evaluate, organize, synthesize, annotate, critique, and edit information and effectively communicate new ideas through written, verbal, and visual means; and 3) knowledge and awareness skills appropriate for ethical reflection in a world of diverse peoples, cultures and values, enabling students to appreciate and tolerate differences while grasping and addressing the many challenges facing humanity.
The College is committed to developing students’
- Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and critical analysis as crucial to success in higher education and gaining access to career opportunities;
- Proficiency in a selected foreign language as a cultural universal and as a medium for communicating with others and appreciating cultural diversity;
- Critical thinking skills through philosophical and other forms of inquiry that will empower them to examine basic beliefs and values that impact a global society;
- Knowledge of the religions of humankind, in order to appreciate human spirituality and the human quest for answers to existential and eschatological question; and
- An appreciation of art, literature and music from an historical and contemporary perspective, thereby highlighting human creativity as a source of truth that transcends time and culture.