Degrees, Departments & Programs

There is something for everyone at CLA.

With undergraduate & graduate degrees and certificates offered across 17 departments, you are bound to find something you love.

 
 

 

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Undergraduate degrees

With over 1, 200 undergraduate students majoring in CLA programs, undergraduate students make up the majority of our student body. We have a large number of offerings for minors, Associates, BS, and BA degrees. Our undergraduate programs are influenced by our sense of place in the great state of Alaska, making our class offerings, homework, and assignments all the more interesting and unique.

Explore our programs below, ranging from Art to Yup'ik, and discover what inspires you. The broad range of studies and engagement experiences offered through the College of Liberal Arts provides you with opportunities to expand, experiment, explore, and, ultimately, excel. Through our academic offerings and opportunities for experience, we鈥檒l assist you in developing the core career competencies that employers are looking for in graduates. At 51风流官网, you can make the most of your college years by creating a program of study to prepare for your future career, graduate/professional school, and life plans鈥攊t's all here in Nanook Nation.

Graduate degrees

The College of Liberal Arts at 51风流官网 is an ideal place to pursue a graduate degree. Our numerous graduate programs, world-class research, and location in the heart of Alaska make the College of Liberal Arts a great choice for your graduate studies.  Our graduate programs are highly interdisciplinary, creating unique and challenging programs for every student. With 10 degree programs for master鈥檚 and PhD students, the College of Liberal Arts is sure to have a program to match your interests. Our faculty have diverse specializations within their disciplines and are eager to share their knowledge with students. This variety of faculty specializations and degree programs creates a unique and rich academic environment for graduate students.

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Degrees Offered through the College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts at 51风流官网

 
 

The College of Liberal Arts is home to a tremendous breadth and depth of scholarship, research and leadership potential. Our 17 departments and programs span the arts, humanities, languages and social sciences.

 

Arts

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theater & Film





Humanities

  • Communication
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Languages

  • Foreign Languages & Literatures
  • Linguistics





Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Arctic and Northern Studies
  • History
  • Justice
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

 

We have programs for those just starting to figure it out, and those already working in their fields. Chances are high that you鈥檒l find a program that meets your needs, because you can craft your own college experience by designing a degree to support your goals. We call that an interdisciplinary degree and CLA will help you navigate the university system to get one of those too.

 

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We believe that arts and humanities can change the world.

 
 

Degrees in the arts and humanities teach students a deep theoretical foundation to become informed citizens. Our students learn more than what's expected, gaining skills and understanding through experiential learning opportunities. Programs in the arts and humanities thrive in exhibitions, real-world internships, and service-learning activities. Our degrees are built on integrative thinking, giving graduates the tools to thrive in a complex, multicultural world. 

At 51风流官网, students have the opportunity to study with expert faculty who take a genuine interest in their success and are invested in their long-term goals. CLA promotes student leadership and engagement. We encourage innovative spirits and help students grow with advising and mentorship support. Our faculty challenge students in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in their communities. They cultivate a culture of social responsibility, creative outlooks, and inclusive leadership. We understand a 21st century liberal arts education needs to be comprehensive, which is why we integrate and emphasize practical, career-focused skills throughout the curriculum. As a result, our graduates attract top employers and become intellectually-engaged citizens who are ready to create positive change.

 

51风流官网 Art Department's Printmaking holds the annual Student Art Sale on December 8, 2023. | 51风流官网 Photo by Marina Santos

 

 

Shaping the next generation of global citizens

 
 

Explore the world and your place in it through the study of culture and language. Our students prepare for lives as global citizens, learning to communicate across languages and cultures. A rich curriculum is integrated with extensive cultural immersion: trips, speakers, festivals, performances, and study abroad. Guiding our students are faculty members from over a dozen countries speaking as many languages. Together we create a dynamic community reflective of the world we live in: complex, multicultural, and interconnected.

A degree exploring culture and languages provides students with the tools to understand different societies and people on their own terms. Offering instruction in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese and Russian, the department gives students skills and confidence to succeed in a global context.  Students develop fluency with our wide range of courses including: grammar, phonetics, translation, service-learning, literature, cultural studies, conversation, language teaching methodology, and second language acquisition.

 

French foreign languages graduate Hannah Sarah Carlile smiles for a photo during commencement 2018. | 51风流官网 Photo by Zayn Roohi

 

Bridge your education from theory to the real world.

 
 

Social science students acquire a highly adaptable professional skill set, centered on complex information analysis and communication. Our students gain skills and understanding through experiential learning opportunities. Programs in social sciences thrive in laboratories, real-world internships, and service-learning activities. Social science degrees are built on strong research skills that give graduates the tools to thrive in a complex, multicultural world. 

At 51风流官网, students have the opportunity to study with expert faculty who take a genuine interest in their success and are invested in their long-term goals. CLA promotes student leadership and engagement. We encourage innovative spirits and help students grow with advising and mentorship support. Our faculty challenge students in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in their communities. They cultivate a culture of social responsibility, creative outlooks, and inclusive leadership. We understand a 21st century liberal arts education needs to be comprehensive, which is why we integrate and emphasize practical, career-focused skills throughout the curriculum. As a result, our graduates attract top employers and become intellectually-engaged citizens who are ready to create positive change.

 

Lynette Hepa, left, takes a selfie photo with fellow graduates during the 51风流官网 2023 Commencement Ceremony at the Carlson Center Saturday, May 6, 2023. Hepa received her B.A. in Social Work; Psychology. | 51风流官网 Photo by Eric Engman

 

 

Departments & Programs at CLA