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.
John Coleman, dean
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
UMN College of Liberal Arts faculty are driven to follow their passion for creating new knowledge and in the process bring depth and meaning to the lives of countless others.
It's Prime Time for the Liberal Arts
Josef Woldense of the Department of African American & African Studies and affiliated with the Department of Political Science has been working on a close analysis of the administration of 20th-century Ethiopian ruler Haile Selassie. Through his work, he can examine the methods that autocrats use to keep their power. To teach his students, he has developed a game to help them understand how precarious the role of an autocrat can be.