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College of Liberal Arts TLC

Are you interested in the arts, the humanities, or the social sciences? If your major is in the College of Liberal Arts, this is the TLC for you! You'll be surrounded by other students who share your College and some of your interests. 

Curiosity + creativity!

Find big thoughts, big dreams, and big opportunities in the CoLA TLC.

The College of Liberal Arts includes the following departments:

  • Art and Design
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Performing Arts
  • Political Science, Public Admin, Philosophy
  • Professional Studies
  • Psychology 
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • World Languages and Cultures  

Plus the following minor programs: Africana Studies, Applied Vocal Music, Arts & Heritage Administration, Classical Studies, Cognitive Science, Communal Studies, Digital Video, Film Studies, Gender Studies, General Music, Legal Studies, Pre-Law, and Theatre Education Teaching.

Your TLC mentors are Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland and Dr. Silvia Rode!

From Dr. Shefveland "Hi Everyone! I am a Professor in the History Department and an Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. I teach a wide variety of courses in the college on Native American and Indigenous History as well as Global Ethics. As part of my work within the Dean’s office I am the co-director of the Community Collaboration and Reparative Justice Project for Southwest Indiana. When I’m not on campus or working on local history projects, I teach hot yoga at Yoga101 on Evansville’s east side and enjoy tinkering in my garden while reading fiction and history unrelated to research. I love folklore and creative writing and look forward to learning more about your interests and helping you create pathways in the liberal arts that can be a part of your lifelong journey as scholars and community members!"

You can reach Dr. Kristalyn Shefveland directly by email or call: 812-416-5434

From Dr. Rode "Greetings. My name is Dr. Rode, and this is my 18th year at USI. I have served as Chair of World Language and Cultures, Graduate Director for the M.A. in Second Language Acquisition, Policy and Culture, and now am Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Director of the Center for Communal Studies, and Chair of the Historic New Harmony Board of Advisors. With New Harmony in our back yard, my research focuses on intentional communities and utopian studies. In addition, I have developed a certificate on Cultural Awareness Training, which is reflective of my international interests and teaching experiences at universities in China, Mexico and in Europe. I believe that a liberal arts education “'is not [the] learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.' (Albert Einstein)."

You can reach Dr. Silvia Rode directly by email or call: 812-465-7026

TLC Classes: 

Students in the TLC will take your UNIV 101 First Year Experience class together. This is a Core 39 required class. 

TLC Signature Experiences:

In the CoLA TLC, you'll work closely with Jenn Horn and your RA (Resident Assistant) to choose fun experiences. Maybe you'll check out a film series or the USI theatre performances. Maybe you'll explore careers and majors with the LA faculty. Free food is always good, right? And how about visiting the Mesker Park Zoo? Bowling, ice skating, roller skating, biking on the USI trails...

This TLC can be whatever you want it to be – and USI will make sure you get the most out of your experience.