College of Liberal Arts

Student Success in Liberal Arts

Christle Nwora

Undergraduate Students

Our college helps students embody the spirit of the liberal arts through academic rigor and achievement, activities and leadership experiences outside the classroom and professional development opportunities. Our team provides personalized guidance and support for students throughout their university experience.

How we support students:

  • Majors and Degrees allow students to choose among the humanities, social sciences, foreign languages and interdisciplinary fields. With 25 departments and numerous centers and institutes, the College of Liberal Arts offers the widest variety of areas of study at the university.
  • Orientation gets students registered for classes, provides them with an understanding of academic expectations and helps them find a sense of belonging at the university.
  • LA 101 and First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are two examples of Student Programs in the college that help students adjust to their first semester on campus by fostering connections with other students, college advisors and professors.
  • Study Abroad programs enrich the academic, professional and personal lives of students, and are a key component in a liberal arts education. Find out more, including information about available funding resources, through the University's Study Abroad Office.
  • UTurn is an academic support network for students who might struggle academically. It provides the tools that help students make informed choices about their academic careers, including peer mentoring services and workshops. UTurn is located in the CLASS Center in the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA).
  • Undergraduate Research helps students improve their knowledge and critical thinking skills as they prepare for graduate school or the professional world. With faculty mentors, students receive guidance on research methods, resources and issues common in different fields.
  • Honors Programs offer the sense of a community found at a small liberal arts college but with access to the resources of a major research university. For more information, visit Liberal Arts Honors and Plan II.
  • Student Organizations are a great way to get involved in campus life and become further engaged in the world of ideas represented in the various liberal arts disciplines. The Liberal Arts Council is a student organization that serves as a link between students and the college administration, faculty, and professional world.
  • Scholarships and Awards opportunities available to students in the College of Liberal Arts are ample. Most endowed scholarships within the college are awarded through the merit and competitive scholarship competitions.
  • Liberal Arts Career Services helps students find and complete internships and other professional opportunities to build their skills and resumes in anticipation of their professional lives.

Read more: Prospective Students, Student Affairs

Graduate Students

The College of Liberal Arts provides the following services for graduate students in an effort to enhance research opportunities, teaching skills and preparation for post-graduation careers.

How we support students:

  • College Grant Services provides workshops for graduate students on best practices in preparing applications for external research support. Grant specialists work with students to streamline the process of applying for external funding.
  • Summer courses for graduate students provide professional development opportunities in public scholarship and academic writing to students at various stages of their studies.
  • Dissertation Boot Camp tackles the dissertation writing process and gives advanced graduate students the opportunity to work with writing mentors and peers to make dissertation writing more of a social experience. The course emphasizes individual discipline, community support, wellness and nutrition.
  • TA Fundamentals course (097T) provides hands-on training and evaluation for first time teaching assistants in the College of Liberal Arts.

Close collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies and departmental graduate coordinators allows us to respond to the needs of graduate students and frame their success goals within the broader goals of the College and its departments.

  • We have compiled a list of disability resources for graduate students, who may find themselves in need of an employment or academic accommodation and also may need to be aware of these resources in their work as teaching assistants and assistant instructors.
  • We investigate topics that affect the work environment for graduate students and have instituted policies to endorse work life balance and promote degree completion.
  • Liberal Arts Career Services provides one-on-one coaching and a series of workshops where graduate students can explore career possibilities beyond the academy.

Read more: Prospective Students, Office of Graduate Studies, Liberal Arts Departments and Units

Top photo: Christle Nwora, a 2016 Dean's Distinguised Graduate. Read more about Nwora and the other award recipients on Life & Letters.

Top photo by Philip Butler

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