Office of the Dean

Dean's Message

GregSadlek_16_WebWelcome 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 ten departments, three 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 nearly 150 full-time faculty members, who are active and innovative teachers and dedicated creative artists and/or scholars, many talented part-time faculty members, and close to 50 dedicated staff members. We are also home to about 3,000 student 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. The fine arts reveal the most creative side of human nature—humanity’s ability to shape and transform how we see, hear, and order the world around us.

Study in the liberal arts and social sciences 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. Perhaps that is 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 receive the best of humanistic education and leave our campus with highly developed habits of critical thinking and effective communication. It’s hard to imagine a more useful set of transferrable skills. Our graduates 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 CSU 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. If you have not visited in a while, you will be pleasantly surprised by what you find. 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. The college celebrated 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