Introduction to the College of Liberal Arts

Identity

The College of Liberal Arts fills the unique role of helping prepare individuals for an ever-changing world. Employers have long recognized the value of the liberal arts in providing a broad introduction to a wide variety of academic disciplines. Many of this country’s leaders have achieved their success with degrees in the College of Liberal Arts including, but not limited to, English, political science, philosophy, communication, etc.

The term “liberal arts” is not used to designate a special set of disciplines in the classical sense, but rather to suggest an educational orientation that emphasizes exposure to a range of perspectives and a “liberating” attitude that frees individuals to be open-minded, creative, and inquisitive. The College functions as an integral organizational unit, providing distinct programs and resources that advance the University’s commitment to high-quality education that affect the direction of the institution.

Mission

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts is to prepare students for lives of critical thinking, cultural awareness, and service.

Reflecting the mission of the University, the College of Liberal Arts offers vigorous educational programs designed to preserve and strengthen the central values of a liberal arts education, while providing specializations geared to today’s career opportunities.

The College is committed to providing students opportunities through courses and programs in the following academic departments: communication; English; history, law and the liberal arts, and gender studies; language and culture; religious studies and philosophy; social, behavioral, and justice sciences; and visual and performing arts. The College emphasizes the following educational objectives:

  • Develop abilities in reading, speaking, writing, and critical thinking.
  • Enhance creative talents, aesthetic sensibilities, and appreciation of works with literary and artistic merit.
  • Gain meaningful insights into the varied realms of human life, including the religious, philosophical, and psychological.
  • Elevate awareness and understanding of moral issues, and heighten a sense of personal and social responsibility.
  • Develop a deeper and more mature understanding of human behavior, the problems of society, a sense of history, a global awareness and appreciation for cultural/linguistic diversity, and a grasp of the institutional workings within society.
  • Achieve sound preparation for immediate occupational needs or for advanced graduate or professional education.
  • Cultivate a joy for learning and an excitement for continuing inquiry about the self, society, and the global community.

Collaboration

Internally:

The College of Liberal Arts provides the majority of courses for the University’s general education component. As an institution founded on values inherent in the liberal arts, The University of Findlay recognizes the importance of a strong general education program as a foundation for a well-rounded college education.

The College works closely with other colleges within the University to provide excellent learning experiences. In some cases this may be only a course while in other programs significant portions of the program are provided by the College of Liberal Arts.

For example:

  • College of Education students who major in secondary education or work toward licensure in liberal arts subjects will take many of their courses in COLA.
  • COLA-based forensic science majors take many of their courses in the College of Sciences.
  • Students from the College of Health Professions and the College of Business often have second majors or minors in COLA as a way of adding to the breadth and depth of their education.

For more details on each of these programs, please consult the college where the program is based.

Externally:

The College of Liberal Arts has established collaborative and partnership agreements with other educational institutions in an effort to provide excellent learning experiences in pre-professional disciplines.

For example:

  • The Spanish program at The University of Findlay has developed a semester-long study abroad immersion program at the Universidad Internacional of Cuernavaca, Mexico.
  • Students majoring in Japanese are able to spend a year of class work and immersion experiences in Daito Bunka University in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Students in political science and journalism go to Washington, D.C., as part of class experiences and internships.
  • Public relations students network with professionals across the country through the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.” Some courses require a higher grade than a “C” for the prerequisite. The course description will list the required grade if different from a “C.”