Office of the Dean

Dean's Message

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, and we will do our best to address your concerns.

CLASS houses eleven 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 creative artists and/or scholars, and about 3,700 majors.

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.

For more information about the college, click on any of the links in the green bar to the right of this message.

If you are a potential student looking for a liberal education based in the heart of a great city, then choosing to study in our college may be one of the most 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 college (or the old College of Arts and Sciences), thank you for checking in. We appreciate your continued interest and hope you will find time to visit our campus again. Our external newsletter, The Innerlink, can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to the right.  The newsletter is a great way to keep up with the latest developments in the college and also to let other alumni know about your own personal successes. If you would like an electronic copy to be sent to your inbox, please contact us.

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 if we haven’t already met. The college will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014. We have come a long way in ten years, but there is still much more to be done. I look forward to continuing our work together in the years ahead.

Sincerely yours,

Gregory M. Sadlek
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences