The Case For Liberal Arts
CLA students never stop discovering. They investigate through study and service the causes and solutions to our most pressing issues, like closing the opportunity gap, building vibrant communities, addressing climate change, and protecting human rights. Through curricular innovations, research excellence, and community-engaged scholarship, we’re reimagining the liberal arts experience.
The College is committed to inclusive excellence. We’re increasing enrollment of underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students, diversifying our faculty across all disciplines, and promoting the expression and exploration of diverse perspectives. We’re strengthening support for under-resourced students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college. In addition, we’ve activated our 150,000 member alumni network to provide students with mentorship opportunities, opening doors to important life-long connections. By investing in people and their promise—regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, or identities—we’re building a more dynamic, inclusive community.
Through robust in-house grant programs, dedicated physical spaces, and incentives to collaborate across disciplines, faculty in the College have experiences unique to Minnesota. Here, the exchange of ideas across disciplines is not just encouraged but commonplace. The College is also where new scholars emerge. Graduate students navigate the space between scholarship and innovation, both mastering and expanding traditional fields of inquiry. In partnership with our communities, we’re discovering new ways to use research and artistic practice to address society’s biggest challenges.
The College of Liberal Arts has the opportunity to lead the national dialogue about the value of liberal arts, to enhance our prestige and expand our investor base. Together, we are shattering expectations of what a liberal arts college can be.