Sara A. Garver, Interim Dean
David Horner, Associate Dean
Brianne Dávila, 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, and Behavioral 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 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 12 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 4 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. 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
Nell Horowitz, Chair; Communication major (BS), Subplans in Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication; Multimedia Journalism minor; Public Relations minor; Organizational Communication minor.
Bruce Brown, Chair; Economics major (BS), Subplans in Applied Economic, General Economics, Quantitative Economics; Master of Science in Economics (MS); Economics minor.
English and Modern Languages
Alison Baker, Chair; English major (BA), Subplans in English Education, Applied Language, and Literary Studies; Master of Arts in English (MA), Subplans in Rhetoric/Composition, Literature Studies, and Teaching English as a Second Language; English minor; Spanish major (BA); Spanish minor; French minor; Chinese minor; German Studies for the Professions Certificate.
Geography and Anthropology
Kristen Conway-Gomez, Chair; Anthropology major (BS), Subplans in General Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, and Archaeology; Geography major (BS), Subplans in Environmental Studies, Geospatial Analysis, and Geographic Studies; Anthropology minor; Geography minor.
Daniel Lewis, Chair; History major (BA), Subplans in History and Pre-Credential; Master of Arts in History (MA); History minor.
David Kopplin, Interim Chair; Music major (BA), Subplans in General Music, Music Education (Pre-Credential), and Music Industry Studies; Major major (BM), Subplans in Composition, Pedagogy (Pre-credential), and Performance; Music minor.
Dale Turner, Chair; Philosophy major (BA), Subplans in General Philosophy and Law and Society; Science, Technology, and Society major (BA); Philosophy minor; Science, Technology, and Society minor.
Mario Guerrero, Chair; Political Science major (BA); Master of Public Administration (MPA); Political Science minor.
Erika DeJonghe, Chair; Psychology major (BA); Master of Science in Psychology (MS); Psychology minor.
Anjana Narayan, Chair; Criminology major (BA), Sociology major (BA), Subplans in General Sociology and Social Work; Criminology minor; Sociology minor; Social Work minor.
Theatre and New Dance
Bernardo Solano, Chair; Theatre major (BA), Subplans in Acting, Dance Theatre, General Theatre, Theatre in Education and Community Engagement, and Design and Technical Production; Theatre minor; Dance minor.
Minor in Nonviolence Studies
Minor in Nonviolence Studies
The interdisciplinary Minor in Nonviolence Studies provides students an opportunity to learn about philosophical, cultural and literary traditions of nonviolence and the histories of nonviolent change. Designed to serve as a complimentary emphasis to any Major, this interdisciplinary Minor provides students additional career options such as business sector jobs in human resources, industrial and labor relations and conflict management; and public sector positions in community service agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Moreover, the minor serves the professional needs of the future school teachers.
For a full description of this Minor, see link, Programs for this College, below. For questions, contact the faculty advisor and coordinator for the Minor, email@example.com or 909-869-3968.