Relentlessly pursue research and creative excellence

In a time of hyper communication and intense conflict over fundamental questions, the liberal arts will play a central role in the future evolution of our economy, our democracy, and society.

Through robust in-house grant programs, dedicated physical spaces, and incentives to collaborate across disciplines, CLA faculty have experiences unique to Minnesota. Here, the open exchange of ideas is not just encouraged, but commonplace. 

CLA is where new scholars emerge. Graduate students navigate the space between scholarship and innovation, both mastering and expanding traditional fields of inquiry. In partnership with our communities, we’re discovering new ways to use research and artistic practice to address society’s biggest challenges.


Society's Biggest Challenges, Tackled Daily

Professor Dan Phillipon outside on a sunny day

“I’ve always been interested in the work words do in the world—including the nonhuman world,” says Dan Philippon, associate professor of English and cofounder of the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI). Philippon examines the relationship between literature and the physical environment, a study known as ecocriticism. 

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It's Prime Time for the Liberal Arts

Professor Erika Lee in front of a colorful textile

Watch highlights from our award-winning faculty.