College of Liberal Arts
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Imagine employees who understand diversity and culture, imagine citizens who engage communities, imagine leaders who think critically and communicate effectively — these are the graduates of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).


Prepare students in the humanities and social sciences with strong skills in research, communication, and critical thinking.

Provide community partnerships on a wide variety of issues, including Holocaust studies, the history and culture of India, regional water and land use, and the LA Basin's role in global transportation and supply chains.

Provide opportunities for all students to study a range of diverse issues including languages and literatures, global and domestic cultural diversity, varied patterns of human cognition and development, and world religions.

College Highlights

With 275 tenure-line faculty members who engage in a wide range of research in the humanities and social sciences, CLA is:

  • Using global information technology to map watershed change.
  • Developing intensive Italian-language courses that mix face-to-face and on-line teaching.
  • Improving the health of low-income mothers and children by collaborating with community partners.
  • Contracting with NASA to perform research on human-system integration in aeronautics.

CLA students compete on the national stage:

  • The CLA Moot Court has won one national tournament, two regional tournaments, and five multi-school spring tournaments.
  • CLA students have received Fulbright Scholarships, the university’s only Rhodes Scholarship, and appointments at the world’s top universities and companies.

CLA boasts academic programs and centers that enhance the student experience and connect the university with the larger community:

  • The Jewish Studies Program explores the diversity of the Jewish experience through lectures and innovative training workshops.
  • The Hauth Center for Communication Skills provides students with individual assistance to become effective public speakers and leaders.
  • The Graziadio Center for Italian Studies offers programs in Italian language, literature, and culture to prepare students for careers in the global arena.
  • The Yadunandan Center for India Studies promotes the study of India through social sciences, humanities, arts, and education and builds bridges within the diverse Indian American community.

Fundraising Opportunities

Unequaled Access

The Student Success Fund directly supports students and increases the likelihood that they will graduate with a valuable degree and little to no debt. Funding examples include:

  • Endowed scholarship funds
  • Student fellowships
  • Study-abroad opportunities
  • Independent faculty/student research

Greater Community

The Community Engagement Fund supports the wider community through academic centers and programs. Funding examples include:

  • Faculty research
  • Technology
  • Travel
  • Student Competition Groups


A Special Projects Fund will assist the College of Liberal Arts in meeting its greatest needs, including:

  • Funding special courses
  • Visiting speakers and lecturers
  • Student and faculty travel expenses
  • Collaboration across disciplines


David Wallace | Dean