Sharon Hilles, Interim Dean
Daniel K. Lewis, Associate Dean
Laurie Roades, Interim Associate Dean
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, behavioral and social sciences, and kinesiology. Master’s degrees are offered in economics, English, history, psychology, public administration, and kinesiology. 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 a comprehensive polytechnic university "preparing students for life, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world," 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. In furthering its mission of promoting learning and teaching as broad-based, ongoing, and shared processes, 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, two Master of Arts degrees, and a Master of Public Administration. The College offers a Digital Media Minor that enables students to learn and use multimedia technology to demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge in an array of courses in social sciences, humanities, and the arts. 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 multicultural understanding, 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.
Departments and Majors/Minors
Richard A. Kallan, Chair; Communication major (BS); Subplans in Journalism, Public Relations, and Organizational Communication; Journalism, Public Relations, and Organizational Communication minor.
Lynda Rush, Chair; Economics major (BS); Master of Science in Economics (MS); Subplans in Economic Analysis, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Financial Economics; and Economics minor.
English and Foreign Languages
Liliane Fucaloro, Chair; English major (BA); Subplans in English Education, and Literature and Language; Master of Arts in English (MA); Subplans in Rhetoric/Composition, Literature, and Teaching English as a Second Language; English minor; Spanish major (BA); Spanish minor; French minor.
Geography and Anthropology
Lin Wu, Chair; Social Sciences major (BS); Anthropology major (BS); Subplans in General Anthropology, and in Cultural Resource Management; Geography major (BS); Subplans in Geography, in Environmental Geography, and in Geographic Information Systems; Anthropology minor, Geography minor.
*NOTE: The Social Sciences major is closed to admission effective immediately. The major will be discontinued effective Fall 2013.
Amanda Podany, Chair; History major (BA); Master of Arts in History (MA); History minor, Latin American Studies minor.
Iris Levine, Chair; Music major (BA), Subplans in Music Education (Pre-Credential) and Music Industry Studies; Emphasis in Music Performance; Music minor.
Dale Turner, Chair; Philosophy major (BA), Philosophy minor, Religious Studies minor.
Jill Hargis, Chair; Political Science major (BA); Master of Public Administration (MPA); Political Science minor.
Psychology and Sociology
David Horner, Acting Chair; Sociology major (BA) Subplans in Sociology, Criminology and Social Work; Psychology major (BA); Master of Science in Psychology (MS); Criminal Justice minor, Psychology minor, Sociology minor.
Theatre and New Dance
Bernardo Solano, Chair; Theatre major (BA); Subplans in Acting, Dance, General Theatre, Theatre in Education and Community, and Technical Theatre and Design; Theatre minor, Dance minor.
Minor in Digital Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts (Digital Media)
Minor in International Studies
Minor in Nonviolence Studies
Minor in Science, Technology, and Society
Major in Science, Technology, and Society
The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Major is an interdisciplinary program which integrates knowledge in the natural sciences and in technology as well as in history, philosophy, sociology, economics, political science, geography, and anthropology. Students are capable of earning a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society. The STS Major prepares students for jobs that require scientific and technological literacy as well as a broad perspective on science and technology and an ability to write and argue from this perspective. Such jobs include those in law or business which are engaged with aspects of science and technology, in science and technology public policy making or analysis, in science and technology public interest advocacy, and in science journalism.
A full description of the Major is in the “University Interdisciplinary Programs” section of this catalog.
Minor in Science, Technology, and Society
The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minor is an interdisciplinary program which integrates knowledge in the natural sciences and in technology as well as in the humanities and social sciences. The STS Minor provides science and technology majors with a sense of how science and technology exists in a broader human context. (By contrast the Major opens opportunities for writing- and argument-intensive science- and technology-related careers (such as those in science- and technology-related law and public policy) which are alternative to careers as scientists and technologists.)
A full description of the Minor is in the “University Interdisciplinary Programs” section of this catalog.