The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Indiana 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.
More than 2,300 students are currently enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts' more than 30 majors and emphases and a similar number of minors.
The college includes the departments of Art, Communications, English, History, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, World Languages and Cultures, and Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies.
Linking formal inquiry with self-discovery, the College of Liberal Arts fosters knowledge, skills and values necessary for success in the ever-changing global community.
We strive to ignite intellectual curiosity and a passion for lifelong learning.
We aim for the understanding of self, society and ethics necessary for responsible and engaged citizenship, for integrity balanced with social awareness.
We foster both cultural enrichment and an appreciation of the human condition in all of its diversity.
We cultivate an awareness that truth is complex, multifaceted and unlikely to be found in one place.
Mr. Michael Aakhus
Dean of the College of Liberal ArtsProfessor of Art
Liberal Arts Center 3003
Ms. Joan deJong
Associate Professor of ArtAssistant Dean of College of Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts Center 3093
Dr. Michael Dixon
Program Director of Classical StudiesAssociate Professor of HistoryAssistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts Center 3003
Dr. Hilary Braysmith
Interim Chair of Art DepartmentAssociate Professor of Art History
Technology Center 211
Dr. Julie Evey
Chair of Psychology DepartmentAssociate Professor of Psychology
Liberal Arts Center 3042
Dr. Rocco Gennaro
Chair of Philosophy DepartmentProfessor of Philosophy
Liberal Arts Center 3023
Dr. Mary Hallock Morris
Chair of Political Science and Public Administration DepartmentAssociate Professor of Political Science
Liberal Arts Center 3063
Dr. Jason Hardgrave
Chair of History DepartmentAssociate Professor of History
Liberal Arts Center 3032
Dr. Iris Phillips
Chair of Social Work DepartmentProfessor of Social Work
Education Center 0131
Dr. J. Wayne Rinks
Chair of Communications DepartmentAssociate Professor of Communications
Liberal Arts Center 3083
Dr. Christopher Rivera
Director of International and Interdisciplinary StudiesAssistant Professor of International Studies
Robert D. Orr Center 3074B
Dr. Silvia Rode
Chair of World Languages and CulturesAssociate Professor of German
Liberal Arts Center 3071
Dr. Todd Schroer
Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice StudiesAssociate Professor of Sociology
Liberal Arts Center 3019
Dr. Stephen Spencer
Chair of English DepartmentProfessor of EnglishEnrollment Management Planning Coordinator
Robert D. Orr Center 3074C
Mr. Elliot Wasserman
Chair of Performing Arts DepartmentProfessor of Theatre
Technology Center 214/221