Welcome to the website of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Whether you are a new or returning student, a member of the CSU faculty or staff, an alumna/us, or a visitor to our campus, we appreciate your interest in us, and we hope that this website will provide you with the important information you need about our college. If you are having trouble finding what you need, please don’t hesitate to contact us either by phone at 216-687-3660 or by email at email@example.com, and we will do our best to address your concerns.
CLASS houses twelve departments, two schools, and an array of interdisciplinary programs. We offer both graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. CLASS is the home of about 150 full-time faculty members, who are active and innovative teachers and dedicated performers and/or scholars.
The basic mission of CLASS is vitally important to the university. The subjects that our faculty study and teach are the heart of a well rounded education. Human nature is the unifying focus of our disciplines. The social sciences study how human beings function in groups, how groups and societies interact with each other, and how groups empower or marginalize individuals or subgroups. The humanities explore how humans perceive themselves and the world, how belief systems and values inform the judgments and the choices people make, and how we communicate. And the fine arts reveal humans at their most creative—in their ability to shape and transform how we see, hear, and order the world around us. Such knowledge is fundamental to a high quality of life—not only because it helps us become more culturally and intellectually alive but also because it prepares us to earn a living. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a more useful set of abilities. Perhaps that’s why so many people in leadership positions in business and industry, in public life and in social service agencies have degrees in the liberal arts or social sciences. Recognizing their importance, the university requires that all CSU students, not only the college’s majors, take general education courses housed in this college. Moreover, CLASS majors and graduate students receive the best of humanistic education and leave our campus with highly developed habits of critical thinking. They are indeed ready to become solid, contributing members of our democratic society.
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If you are a potential student looking for the heart of a liberal education housed in the heart of a great city, then choosing to study in our college may be one of the best life-enhancing decisions you will ever make. In these pages you will find a variety of excellent programs of study at affordable prices. We think you might just find your new academic home here. If you have any questions as you try to make your decision, again, please let us know.
If you are an alumna or alumnus of the old College of Arts and Sciences, thank you for checking in with this new incarnation of a select part of your old college. We appreciate your continued interest and hope you will find time to visit our campus again. Also, if you have the time, let us know how your CSU education has served you in your career and how we could make our programs even better.
Finally, if you are a current CLASS student, faculty or staff member, I send you a special greeting. I’m delighted that you are here, and I hope that we will have a chance to meet in the weeks and months ahead. We have an important common mission: to work hard together to take the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to ever higher levels of service, achievement, and prestige.
Gregory M. Sadlek
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences