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Division of Liberal Arts


Bruce DutraWelcome to the Liberal Arts Division, home to many of the greatest artists and thinkers of all time. Within our courses luminaries such as Shakespeare, Plato, Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Mead, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Edward R. Murrow, Josephine Baker, Beethoven, and Jean Piaget come to life!

There are eight diverse and stimulating departments within the Division:
--Classes in the Art and Design Department will challenge and encourage you to express your creative self through architecture, ceramics, graphic design, interior/fashion/industrial design, painting, photography, and sculpture.
--The Communication Department will empower you to develop and interpret effective messages in a world where information travels faster than ever before. The Department also offers classes in journalism, media studies, and broadcasting.
--Faculty in the English and Philosophy Department encourage clear and creative thinking, foster an appreciation for emotionally and intellectually stimulating writing, and raise thought-provoking questions about human beings and the world. The Department houses drama, literature, and poetry, as well as composition and philosophy.
--In the History and Political Science Department we chronicle the range of significant human events and political structures so that you can become a more engaged and critical thinker. The Department also offers classes in public administration.
--The Languages and ESL Department presents the opportunity for you to learn American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, and to study the literatures and cultures of people around the world.
--In the Music, Dance, and Performing Arts Department you will find the excitement of a Broadway musical, the challenge of mastering a musical instrument, and the expression of humanity in interpretive dance.
--The Psychology and Education Department will challenge you to explore the biological, cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of human behavior, and to discover theories and techniques of effective teaching so as to meet the challenges the 21st Century classroom.
--Within the Sociology, Economics, and Anthropology Department you will investigate complex issues and problems found in social institutions and organizational settings, learn about the rich diversity of human beings, study economic markets and models, and learn the principles of making difficult decisions in the face of uncertainty and conflicting goals and values.

We look forward to helping you achieve a reflective, creative, and happy life.

Dr. Bruce Dutra
Dean of Liberal Arts