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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.

This is vital work. Join us.

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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Portrait: Brenda Child

Celebrating Our World-Class Community

Professor Brenda Child (American Studies) has had a new children’s book, Bowwow Powwow, published. The book is written in English and Ojibwe.

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Graduates celebrate at 2018's commencement

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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Northeast Middle School Principle Vernon Rowe congratulates his students

The Class of 2026

The Minnesota Youth Story Squad is a compelling example of the impact that we in higher education can have in the challenging middle school years. 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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