Dec 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Liberal Arts

Dean: David Wallace

Associate Dean: Deborah Thien

Associate Dean: Daniel J. O’Connor

Director, Facilities Planning and Technology: Jennifer Reed 

Director of Research: Isabella Lanza 

Director of Development: Howie Fitzgerald

Administrative Services Manager: Terie Bostic

Director, Advising and Teaching Liberal Arts Students (ATLAS): Bron Pellissier

Executive Assistant to the Deans: Lynne Bowman

Personnel and Curriculum Manager: Julie Ortiz

Fiscal Manager: Joyce Morte

College Office:
Telephone: (562) 985‑5381
FAX: (562) 985-2463

Credential Advisors

English - Kathleen Keirn (985‑4215),
Italian, French, German, Spanish - Cynthia Leathers (985-2200),
Latin - Kathryn Chew - (985-5810),
Social Science - Eileen Luhr (985-4511),


Africana Studies   

American Indian Studies   

American Studies   


Asian and Asian American Studies   
    Asian Languages  
    Chinese Studies  

Chicano and Latino Studies   


Communication Studies   

Comparative World Literature   



Environmental Science and Policy    


Global Migration Studies   


Human Development   

International Studies   

Jewish Studies   

Journalism and Public Relations   

Latin American Studies   

Legal Studies   


Medieval and Renaissance Studies    


Political Science   


Religious Studies   

Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures    

Translation Studies   


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies   


The College of Liberal Arts provides courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences for all university students, as well as for majors in its disciplines. The College is also responsible for much of the General Education required of all students. The College of Liberal Arts is the center of the university’s commitment to developing greater knowledge and understanding of international and multicultural issues in the contemporary world. In teaching students, CLA faculty aim high to inspire them to continue learning, to celebrate diversity, and to engage the world.


Global Studies Institute
Center for European Studies
Center for First Amendment Studies
The George C. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies
Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautic Technologies
The Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility
Yadunandan Center for India Studies​
The Clorinda Donato Center for Global Romance Languages and Translation Studies

Student Activities

Most of the departments in the College of Liberal Arts have either a student association or honors organization which provides students with a program of activities. Students should contact the department of their major to inquire about the kinds of organizations available to them or contact the College Coordinator for Student Life and Development at 985-5814.

The College of Liberal Arts Student Council includes student representatives from each department and acts as a liaison between the College administration, faculty, and members of the College’s student body. The Student Council provides a forum for the development of student leadership skills.


The College of Liberal Arts offers internships with on‑ and off‑campus cooperating organizations designed to provide students with supervised practice in the field. Many individual departments also offer discipline‑based internships for advanced students.


    Undergraduate Degrees


      College of Liberal Arts