College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences advances knowledge and learning in established academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts. It provides introductory and advanced course work in more than 20 degree and certificate programs.

The College also provides courses that substantially make up the General Education curriculum required of all students. These courses provide a foundation of knowledge of the cultural, social, political, ethical, and economic worlds. The College provides curricular support of the University’s considerable teacher-education function. In all its programs, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences serves the goals of the University to provide for the intellectual, personal, and professional development of each person and for the enrichment of the communities it serves outside the University. In pursuit of these objectives, Bachelor’s degree programs and minors are offered in the Performing Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  Master’s degrees are offered in Economics, English, History, Psychology, and Public Administration. Through its curriculum, research activities, arts performances, and other humane activity, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences promotes activity integral to processes of inquiry, creativity, learning, and teaching.

In accord with the mission of our comprehensive polytechnic university, “cultivating success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery, and innovation," the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences seeks to equip students with lifelong learning skills enabling them more effectively to challenge problems of extraordinary social, technical, and human complexity. These skills include creative and critical thinking, methods of both quantitative and qualitative inquiry, the application of theory to practice, learning through performance-based activities in the humanities, arts and social sciences, and the integration of mind and body in health and wellness activity.

Promoting learning and teaching as broad-based, ongoing, and a shared process, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences supports initiatives that further the professional development of faculty and staff, that engage students and faculty in active collaboration in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, and that integrate the arts, sciences, and technologies. The College thus advances collegiality not only among the various segments of the University, but also with the local and global communities it serves. It promotes access of underrepresented student populations to its programs, resources, and services.

The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences offers 11 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 6 Bachelor of Science degrees, 22 minors, 3 Certificates of Proficiency, 3 Master of Science degrees, 2 Master of Arts degrees, and a Master of Public Administration. The College supports a major and a minor in Science, Techology, and Society (STS).  STS is an interdisciplinary program that integrates the natural sciences, technology, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, political science, geography, and anthropology.

With other colleges in the University, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences participates in continuing education in support of the concept of lifelong learning. To promote increased global awareness, the College encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study through the International Center. For further information about these programs, please contact the individual department.