Dean's Corner

Ann Waltner stands in the library, holding an open book and smiling
Ann Waltner has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts since July 3, 2023. She is a leading scholar in 16th–18th-century Chinese social history with special interests in literature, family history, and religion. Learn more about Ann Waltner.

The liberal arts create the building blocks of healthy and vibrant societies. 

In the College of Liberal Arts, we recognize there are multiple ways to look at the world.

Our students are encouraged to think creatively, critically, and analytically on questions such as: How do we want to live? What do we value? How do we become our best individually and collectively? What is a productive life? What is beauty? What provides opportunity? What enhances personal freedom? What motivates us and others? What policies and practices best promote the goals and values we choose to prioritize in our communities, in our democracy? In the liberal arts, our study of the present and the past develops imagination about what is possible and about possible futures.



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