The liberal arts and sciences are inextricably linked with key advances in human knowledge that have “made a difference in the world.”
These advances have been made in the natural and computational sciences, social sciences, and the humanities and arts alike—encouraging a better understanding of human nature, the way societies function, and the world around us. They have dramatically altered all aspects of human life.
Rather than studying these subjects in a vaccum, our students learn values that they can use to help make our world a better place. Our faculty inspire students to:
- enhance their knowledge of themselves and their world,
- make wise decisions in both their personal lives and the public affairs arena, and
- enrich cultural and intellectual life in their community.
Moreover, instruction provides a collaborative and supportive environment in which to explore facts and theories, and to examine the presumptions, values, and perceptions underlying our conceptions of self and society.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences supports this environment in the following arenas:
- Public arts,
- Social science and natural science programming like the Emiquon Project,
- Life-long learning initiatives,
- Dialogues directed to collective community understanding, and
- Public action toward social change, conflict resolution, and peace studies.
We also encourage students to serve their community through the Experiential and Service Learning Program, which provides an opportunity for students to contribute to non-profit agencies and gain practical experience in comminuty-based problem solving skills.