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College of Liberal Arts Information

College of Liberal Arts

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Dean: Gerry Riposa

Associate Dean: Mark Wiley

Director, Facilities Planning and Technology: Mike Blazey

Director of Development: Keven Crowe

Administrative Services Manager: Terie Bostic

Director, Learning Alliance; Bron Pellissier

Coordinator, Student Life and Development: Anna Nazarian-Peters (562) 985-4181

College Secretary: Myriam Joseph

Educational Policy/Curriculum Coordinator: Cherie Dougan

Fiscal Coordinator: Dorothy Rypka

Public Relations: Pat Zaid

College Office: McIntosh Humanities Building, Room 209
Telephone: (562) 985-5381
FAX: (562) 985-2463

Credential Advisors

  • English - Kathleen DiVito (985-4220)
  • French, German, Spanish - Jean-Jacques Jura (985-2200)
  • Japanese - Hiroko Kataoka (985-4030)
  • Latin - Elaine Wida - (985-8660)
  • Social Science - Tim Keirn (985-4428)


The College of Liberal Arts provides courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences for all university students, as well as for majors in its disciplines. The College is also responsible for much of the General Education required of all students and provides professional training in Journalism. Through the Liberal Arts, students acquire a fundamental understanding of social and individual behavior and of cultures and belief systems in the past and present. Communication, verbal and written, in English and other languages, and across cultures, is a fundamental emphasis throughout the curriculum. Liberal Arts disciplines also emphasize the acquisition and analysis of information and its uses to understand and to help resolve complex social problems. The College of Liberal Arts is the center of the university’s commitment to developing greater knowledge and understanding of international and multicultural issues in the contemporary world. In short, the motto for the Liberal Arts is "The World is Our College." In teaching students, CLA faculty aim high to inspire them to continue learning, to celebrate diversity, and to engage the world.