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The College of Liberal Arts offers students the opportunities, first, to develop the fundamentals of a liberal education upon which to base a lifetime of learning and, second, to concentrate in studies that form the foundation for professional pursuits.

Employer surveys show that liberal arts degrees are in high demand. Today's employers place high value on strong communication, critical thinking, complex problem solving, information literacy and other elements of a traditional liberal arts education.

You won't find a better environment for a liberal arts degree than the University of Southern Indiana's College of Liberal Arts. At USI, you'll find all the benefits of a big university along with the intimacy and personal touch of a small liberal arts college.

The college offers more than 30 majors and emphases and a similar number of minors. Students interested in teaching careers may seek education licensing via a teaching major in English, History, Visual Art, or World Languages and Cultures (French, German, or Spanish), or a teaching minor in Art, English, Journalism, Language Arts, Social Science, or Theatre Education.


CLA Electives For All!

Did you know the College of Liberal Arts offers many upper-level special topics electives that require little to no prerequisites and are open to ALL USI students? Well now you do! See what our college has to offer you!

Alice Burris

Alice Burris always intended to earn a college degree; it just took her 39 years to achieve what she started in 1984. But then, nothing in Alice's life went according to plan; at least, not her plan.

How History Helps Shape a Better Tomorrow

Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland, Associate Professor of History, and area high school senior Sophie Kloppenburg didn't know how much they had in common before they met in the summer of 2021. But through their encounter they discovered both were committed to historic truths and bringing those truths into the light through education.

From the Desk of...

Dr. Del Doughty, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, collaborated with an AI to write a paper and graded the results. Now he's making a prediction about the future of AIs in the classroom.

Political Science student’s D.C. internship with Congressman Mast

Tommy Kautzman — current political science major and public relations minor at USI — may not yet know the trajectory of his future career in politics, but that does not stop him from seizing every opportunity possible to advance his knowledge and experience in his field. This past summer, Kautzman worked as a Digital Communications Intern for the Office of Congressman Brian Mast in Washington, DC.

First graduates from USI’s MACJ program presented with career-advancing opportunities

August 2022 marked a pivotal moment in USI’s history, as Danny Beckman, Carlos Cruz Luis, and Serena Gravil were the first three students to graduate from USI’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program (MACJ). Carlos and Serena, alumni from USI’s undergraduate program, were able to walk at the commencement ceremony back in May of this year.


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