Pioneering Programs

Whether it's how our students and faculty engage with the community, the research they conduct, or how alumni are impacting their communities, the people in the College of Liberal Arts are at the forefront of a 21st century education.

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College of Liberal Arts awards 2017

New Initiatives and Accolades for the College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts launches new initiatives REDI and Digital Liberal Arts Hub, and congratulates faculty and staff award winners.

College of Liberal Arts advising team

Advising leads the way in student success

College of Liberal Arts

Professional advisors have been an important part of the Student Success Initiatives launched in 2007. The College of Liberal Arts has 16 advisors to help nearly 4,000 students navigate their academic experience.

Lt. Kevin Cronin and family

Sociology, Perspective-Taking, and Law Enforcement


For Assistant Chief Kevin Cronin, sociology changed his worldview and helped him consider a variety of perspectives that he uses in his work as a police officer.

Students at the world unity fair at CSU

Cultural Awareness through Coffee and Conversation

International Studies

The International Studies Club, GAIA (Global Awareness and International Affairs), brings cultural awareness to CSU by welcoming and engaging with the international community on campus and in Fort Collins.

Ram Productions films a music show

Lights, Camera, Action: Students get real-world video experience

Journalism and Media Communication

Students in Ram Productions, part of the music, stage and sports production minor, get hands-on experience with the skills and equipment they’ll use in the world of professional video production and broadcasting.

cherry blossoms


College of Liberal Arts

Congratulations – and thank you – to the faculty and staff retiring from the College of Liberal Arts.

2016 Spring College of Liberal Arts Commencement

Outstanding Graduates of 2017

College of Liberal Arts

Read about the 2017 Outstanding Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts

Benjamin Withers, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Message from the Dean

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts is the heart of the University, pioneering new ways of learning and new approaches to issues and challenges that Colorado and our nation face.

Harry Belafonte at the ACT Human Rights Film Festival

Conversation key to film festival’s power

Communication Studies

The ACT Human Rights Film Festival curates the best of the most recently made human rights cinema not available in wide release, while honoring the most relevant and compelling stories from around the world.

Original ERTL Virtual Ethnographic Research Team’s World of Warcraft avatars in 2009.

Ethnographic research in virtual worlds

Anthropology and Geography

For CSU’s Ethnographic Research and Teaching Laboratory (ERTL), online gaming has become a new field in which to conduct anthropological fieldwork by using an Internet-based reality.

Students and staff from Ethnic Studies talk to students at Clark

Ethnic Studies expands its impact across campus

Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies is continuing is collaborative legacy by launching a host of new initiatives to further emphasize diversity, multiculturalism, and women’s studies across the university.

Washington, D.C. capitol building

The Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership

Political Science

Whether in the classrooms of the political science department or the halls of the State Capitol, Dr. John Straayer’s passion for public service and shared governance has shaped multiple-generations of civic leaders.

Shaesby and Catherine Scott

The Scott Artist Series at CSU

Art and Art History

Shaesby (’97) and Catherine (’98) Scott make a lasting impact with a scholarship endowment and the Scott Artist Series through the Department of Art and Art History.

KCSU disc jockey Emma

The bright future of radio

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

The radio is alive and well, with the very active student-run radio station of KCSU.

Pourbus painting at Gregory Allicar Museum

A boy king returns to the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

In 2016 the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art took possession of the Pourbous painting of French King Louis XIII as a young boy. The  17th century portrait was removed, conserved, and returned to the gallery where it is now on display.

Middle School students at CSU.

Middle School Outreach Ensemble inspires the next generation

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

The Middle School Outreach Ensembles (MSOE) program is an internationally recognized, community-based music outreach program sponsored by CSU that provides music instruction to local middle school students.

CSU student fulfills longtime dream of studying abroad

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

A foreign language matches any major. Junior Raeann Magill, soil and crop sciences major with a minor in Spanish, traveled to Uruguay for study abroad.

Poppie Gullett Explores Public History in Antarctica


Poppie Gullet, master’s student in the public history program, writes about her experience doing field work in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Wrong way go back road sign

Applying Ethics: How Philosophy Brings Clarity to Emerging Challenges


In applied ethics we teach our students how to think creatively and rigorously about our world—how it is, how it might be, and how it ought to be. Because the absence of clear, careful thinking so often leads to confusion, error, and calamity.

“Four sweet stores stand next to one another on “Hang Duong”

Teaching in Vietnam: Lesson on the markets of Hanoi


Dr. Alexandra Bernasek traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam in November of 2016 to teach Econ 202 at Foreign Trade University.

Speakers for the Soft Skills for Professionals workshop

Preparing Students for Life Using Soft Skills

LEAP Institute for the Arts

Soft Skills for Professionals provided students practice in soft skills such as critical observation, problem solving, adaptability, and tolerance to diversity through exercises designed to challenge students’ abilities.

Assistant Professor Zach Hutchins and his E630D Special Topics in Literature: Gender Studies – Witchcraft class having a lively discussion.

English Majors Don’t Wait Until They Graduate


English majors are a diverse group doing interesting work in the world, but they don’t wait until they graduate to start being amazing.