University of Southern Indiana
Liberal Arts Center

About Us

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. 

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Leadership

Michael Aakhus
Mr. Michael Aakhus
Professor of Art
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Contact: 812-464-1853
Liberal Arts Center 3003
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Thomas Bordelon
Dr. Thomas Bordelon
Professor of Social Work
Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Contact: 812-465-1694
Education Center 0119
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Michael Dixon
Dr. Michael Dixon
Associate Professor of History
Program Director of Classical Studies
Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Contact: 812-465-1093
Liberal Arts Center 3003
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Joan deJong
Ms. Joan deJong
Associate Professor of Art
Chair of Art Department
Contact: 812-465-1214
Technology Center 206
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Julie Evey
Dr. Julie Evey
Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair of Psychology Department
Contact: 812-464-1830
Liberal Arts Center 3042
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Rocco Gennaro
Dr. Rocco Gennaro
Professor of Philosophy
Chair of Philosophy Department
Contact: 812-464-1744
Liberal Arts Center 3023
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Mary Hallock Morris
Dr. Mary Hallock Morris
Associate Professor of Political Science
Chair of Political Science and Public Administration Department
Contact: 812-461-5207
Liberal Arts Center 3063
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Jason Hardgrave
Dr. Jason Hardgrave
Associate Professor of History
Chair of History Department
Contact: 812-465-1221
Liberal Arts Center 3031
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Iris Phillips
Dr. Iris Phillips
Professor of Social Work
Chair of Social Work Department
Faculty Special Assistant to the Provost
Contact: 812-461-5281
Education Center 0131
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J. Wayne Rinks
Dr. J. Wayne Rinks
Associate Professor of Communications
Chair of Communications Department
Contact: 812-464-1950
Liberal Arts Center 3083
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Christopher Rivera
Dr. Christopher Rivera
Director of International and Interdisciplinary Studies
Assistant Professor of International Studies
Contact: 812-228-5173
Robert D. Orr Center 3074B
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Silvia Rode
Dr. Silvia Rode
Associate Professor of German
Chair of World Languages and Cultures
Contact: 812-465-7026
Liberal Arts Center 3071
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Todd Schroer
Dr. Todd Schroer
Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Studies
Contact: 812-464-1723
Liberal Arts Center 3019
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Stephen Spencer
Dr. Stephen Spencer
Professor of English
Chair of English Department
Enrollment Management Planning Coordinator
Contact: 812-465-7063
Robert D. Orr Center 3074C
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Elliot Wasserman
Mr. Elliot Wasserman
Professor of Theatre
Chair of Performing Arts Department
Contact: 812-465-1614
Liberal Arts Center 3025C
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Emilija Zlatkovska
Ms. Emilija Zlatkovska
Affiliate Assistant Professor of English
Director of Intensive English Program
Contact: 812-228-1573
Robert D. Orr Center 3074B
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