In a public university like SRU, the social mission of the College of Liberal Arts is of paramount importance. Students learn to read and write in creative and effective ways as well as to achieve full, enjoyable and responsible lives in harmony with society. They also learn to use their imagination to reflect critically on the human experience and the common good.
Our departments are composed of writers and critics, linguists, philosophers, historians, visual artists, dancers, musicians and theater performers. They have built departments that are innovative, dynamic and energetic whose aim is to teach undergraduates, train future scholars, and foster creative life.
The faculty members of the English Department help students understand the function of poetry, fiction, drama as well as technical writing in society. In Art, Music, Theater and Dance, scholars and students work creatively, exploring new ideas as well as advanced applications using computer technology. Philosophers investigate approaches to a better understanding of consciousness, freedom, and personal responsibility. Historians explore new archives to bring the past to life, whether that past be in our own neighborhood in Western Pennsylvania or in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa or Latin America. Linguists and scholars in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department produce globally aware citizens who know the value of communicating with world cultures on their own terms in their own language.
The faculty of the College of Liberal Arts has won recognition, not just for scholarship, but for their teaching and their service to the university and the community. Our Provost comes from our college, many of our colleagues have won the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Presidential Scholars Award, The Presidential Service Award and other internal and external awards.
The College of Liberal Arts sustains a diverse student and faculty community that help us to better understand our own culture through the study of the cultural productions and perspectives of ancient and modern societies in neighboring and distant lands.
Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts. Visit our website to explore our programs and get to know our faculty and students. Better yet, visit us in Western Pennsylvania and consider experiencing the intellectual and creative pursuits of teachers and students in the studio and the classroom on a beautiful and friendly campus.
Dr. Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, Dean