Dec 05, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Liberal Arts

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206 Minné Hall
College of Liberal Arts website
Peter Miene, Dean


The mission of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is to offer degree programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as specialized professional and occupational areas. The college also seeks to provide a comprehensive base of liberal studies as the foundation of all degrees.

These dual facets of our mission translate into two major responsibilities for CLA faculty members:

  • Providing a broad array of quality programs in the liberal arts and related professional fields
  • Providing the majority of the General Education curriculum to all WSU students

The specific missions for the College of Liberal Arts are as follows:

  1. Develop a depth of knowledge in a primary discipline.
  2. Develop breadth through knowledge and appreciation of the arts, humanities, and social sciences beyond one’s primary discipline.
  3. Provide an intellectual, social and cultural atmosphere for the development of self-education and lifelong learning.
  4. Make individuals aware of the rights and responsibilities they have to themselves and to society.
  5. Prepare individuals to meet the career challenges of a rapidly changing society.
  6. Contribute to the development of basic and applied knowledge in the fields of the liberal arts.


More than 90 percent of the CLA faculty have terminal degrees in their fields from prominent universities. Many are widely known for their scholarly and creative efforts as well as for their excellence as teachers. Specific faculty qualifications are listed on each department’s individual pages in this catalog.

Career Opportunities

The opportunities for career education after pursuing degrees within the College of Liberal Arts are many and varied. Important in career planning is the fact that a liberal arts education provides the student with career skills that are useful in many professions such as business, law, and medicine. These transferable skills provide considerable vocational choice and career flexibility.


The majority of the College of Liberal Arts faculty offices and facilities are located in Minné Hall and in the Robert A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center. The Art Department is located in Watkins Hall, the Mass Communication Department and the Psychology Department are in Phelps Hall. The Dance studio is located in Memorial Hall.

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