Message from the Dean

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The College of the Liberal Arts is a national leader in education and research, and a very exciting place to be!

Our degree programs combine commitments to digital fluency, preparation for a global world, and engagement with the traditional liberal arts values of communication, analytic thinking, ethical decision making, civic engagement, and appreciation for other cultures and other times.  Our Paterno Undergraduate Fellows Program and our Career Enrichment Network enable students to do research, study and work abroad, and gain valuable internship experience. In addition, we offer more than forty-five major fields, and more than a dozen baccalaureate and master's degrees online through Penn State's World Campus

Our faculty are not only engaged teachers, they are outstanding researchers who have brought our departments and graduate programs to national leadership positions. We are proud that so many of our departments ranked among the top ten of their peers in the last National Research Council rankings.  Our graduate students study and work with the nation's top scholars in many fields, gain teaching experience, and are well prepared for the job market when they graduate. Our goal is nothing less than to make the College the premier institution for study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

Our faculty shape the future through their work on topics ranging from ethics to cognitive neuroscience, from the Civil War to the global spread of terrorism. Through such inquiries, Liberal Arts faculty and students are working together to build a better future for all of us.

We hope you will find this website useful as you learn more about the College of the Liberal Arts.

Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts

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