Advancing the Human Experience
The research, scholarship, and creative artistry from the College of Liberal Arts teaches people to deal with complexity, diversity, and change, and ultimately provides a variety of skills for people to explore or solve the world's most pressing human problems.
“The liberal arts aren’t just a field of study. They are a living thing, a thread that connects us all.” And it is through our learning, scholarship, and engagement that we advance the human experience.
Engaged scholarship is one way that faculty and students in the College of Liberal Arts are collaborating with communities to co-create knowledge and to have significant impact. We believe that our disciplines will be key in addressing crucial issues and enhancing the quality of life of the diverse people of Colorado, the nation, and the world.
From electronic art to silver mining in Bolivia, the German Enlightenment to Congressional productivity, our faculty are able to extend their research based on donor support from Great Conversations.
Sometimes a Spanish speaker who knows a little bit of English — or an English speaker who knows some Spanish — will get designated as a farm’s translator, but if they’re not fluent in both languages, misunderstandings can happen.
For the past 10 years, assistant professor of anthropology Michael Pante has collaborated with other scientists, students, and the local Maasai population to study early human eating behavior (1.7M years ago) in Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania as part of the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project.
A new documentary film, Theo’s Choice/Le Choix de Theo, by assistant professor Thomas Cauvin takes viewers into French immersion classrooms of southwest Louisiana and explores the complex history of French in the Cajun culture.
A thoughtfully asked question from an Economics 101 student, – “How can we fix global poverty” – set Niroj Bhattarai on a journey that would be surprising and illuminating about what affects school attendance, while also serving as the dissertation research for his Ph.D.
Diversity of food is about more than how many different vegetables and fruits you can fit on your plate. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, CSU faculty are researching the linkage between rural and urban communities and how those diverse worlds impact the food on your dinner table.
Philosophy Professor Phil Cafaro makes an economic and environmental argument for reducing immigration in his recently published book.
For assistant professor of English Doug Cloud, rhetoric can be used for social justice. “It goes beyond describing reality as it is and articulates new and sometimes radical visions of how things could be.”
From the arts and entertainment desk at The Rocky Mountain Collegian to the highrise of the New York Times, Gabriel Dance credits his time at CSU to equipping him with the multimedia skills that launched his career.
Art galleries are not usually the place people go to play mini-golf. That is, unless the gallery in question is the Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts building. The interactive show, called “Mulligan,” was put together by CSU art department students and the experimental design studio Zero-Craft Corp.
Laura Jones’ four decades of work in theatre in higher education didn’t go unnoticed, earning her one of the most prestigious honors in theatre education.
Since fighting first erupted in Syria in March 2011, many have discussed the role of the Arab Spring, the attendant Arab Winter, Syria’s government, sectarianism and the rise of the Islamic State to explain it. These factors, while important, ignore a key part of the story – Syria’s past.
This spring, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art presented the first event of its kind at CSU – MIX: Multicultural, Intersectional, Inclusivity, Exchange – a look at representation, accessibility, and power as demonstrated by the museum’s art collections.
Interdisciplinarity, an old approach with a recent resurgence of interest, is a research process that integrates insights from two or more disciplines to address a complex problem so as to come to a broader understanding. This complexity encourages a sense of reverence.