SLHS class with Professor Ben Munson


The College of Liberal Arts offers students a world-class education alongside unparalleled experiences that prepare students for life after graduation.

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Home of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. With departments on both the East and West Banks of the Twin Cities campus, CLA is the largest college in the University of Minnesota system. Our undergraduate majors and graduate programs are designed to spark students' passions, challenge their mind, and prepare them for a lifetime.

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The Liberal Arts Advantage

A liberal arts education never stops being relevant to today — or to tomorrow!

The 10 Core Competencies students develop in CLA are learning outcomes that prepare them to thrive in their career and in life, even during uncertain and dynamic times. CLA specializes in making sure every student knows exactly why their core competencies are so attractive to employers.

It's what makes CLA a national leader in career readiness for liberal arts students.