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Why the Liberal Arts Matter

Our strength, our strongest asset is the kind of work we do in the liberal arts -- the range of questions we ask and the diverse ways we explore them. In a time of hyper communication and intense conflict over fundamental values, the liberal arts are uniquely suited to address the challenges facing our economy, our democracy, and our society.

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Extraordinary opportunities shaped my own life in unexpected and deeply rewarding ways. That's why I'm driven to create opportunities that help students achieve their goals, support our communities, and boost the potential for all in our society to thrive.

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Erika Lee

Celebrating Our World-Class Community

History Professor Erika Lee has been named one of the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship winners. One of the most prestigious academic fellowships in the country, the Carnegie Fellowship provides support for high-caliber scholarship that applies fresh perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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2018 Commencement Address

The liberal arts produce thoughtful, skilled citizens who can transform organizations, industries, and communities. Who do the most good they can for others. Who lead with compassion and empathy. Continue reading...

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The Importance of CLA in the U’s Climate and Tone

The College of Liberal Arts has a special role to play in creating a campus climate in which we can all thrive.We must lead by example in building and driving a university culture and tone that values diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities. Continue reading...

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We’re Shattering Expectations

We’re investing in the key initiatives that better prepare our students, improve access to education, engage diverse voices, and drive innovation and collaboration between campus and community.


Our alumni will be the most desirable graduates available.


We’ll maintain a relentless focus on research and creative excellence.


Our community will welcome diverse voices and mirror the community at large.


We’ll deepen a culture of engagement for our alumni, community, and state.

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