The college encompasses a wide spectrum of disciplines that generally fall into three major areas:
- 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. Departments or programs in this discipline include Anthropology, Black Studies, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, and Women's Studies.
- 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. Departments and programs in this discipline include Classical and Medieval Studies, English, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, and Department of Philosophy & Comparative Religion.
- The Fine and Performing Arts reveal humans at their most creative – in their ability to shape and transform how we see, hear, and order the world around us. Departments and programs in this discipline include Art, The Department of Theatre and Dance, and Music.
Liberal Studies, however, is a broad and interdisciplinary program of study that crosses the boundaries of science, social science, and humanities.