Vision & Mission
The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences educates students for lifelong learning experiences. We contribute to their intellectual and ethical development, and help them to become individuals who are able to integrate and apply humanistic thinking in our complex, diverse, and technological world.
The faculty and staff of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences provide an excellent education for students desiring intellectual enrichment and career enhancement in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts. The College offers introductory and advanced course work in 20 degree and certificate programs. Central to the mission of the College is the General Education program offered to all students enrolled in the University. The College embraces its role in providing courses and curricula in support of multiple and single subject teaching credential students.The University’s mission to provide for the “intellectual, personal, and professional development” of its students, staff, and faculty lies at the heart of the College’s commitment to offer programs that educate the whole person. It is the mission of the faculty to ensure that all graduates have knowledge about, a critical understanding of, and a desire to engage themselves in the political, economic, social, and cultural problems, issues, and opportunities of the local communities, the nation, and the world.
In accord with the values of a comprehensive polytechnic university “preparing students for life, leadership, and careers in a rapidly changing multicultural world,” the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences functions to equip C.L.A.S.S. students with lifelong learning skills. These skills include creative and critical thinking processes enabling both qualitative and quantitative reasoning; the application of theory to practice; learning through performance based activities in the arts and social sciences; integration of mind and body in health and wellness activity; and written and oral communication skills.
The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences supports initiatives that promote the professional development of faculty and staff, engage students and faculty in active collaboration in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, and integrate the arts, humanities, sciences, and technologies.