Office of the Dean

Dean's Message

RobichaudWelcome to the website for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). We thank you for your interest in our College. First and foremost, if you are having trouble finding what you need, please contact us either by phone at 216-687-3660, or by email at

CLASS houses nine departments, four schools, and an array of interdisciplinary programs. We offer both graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. CLASS is the home of close to 150 full-time faculty members who are active and innovative teachers, and dedicated creative artists and/or scholars. The College also has many talented part-time faculty members as well as dedicated staff members. We are home to about 3,000 students majoring in our various programs.

The basic mission of our College is vitally important to the university. The subjects that our faculty study and teach are at the heart of a well-rounded education. Study in the liberal arts and social sciences is fundamental to a high quality of life—not only because it helps us become more culturally and intellectually alive but also because it prepares us to earn a living. Perhaps that is why so many people in leadership positions in business and industry, in public life and in social service agencies have degrees in the liberal arts or social sciences. Recognizing their importance, the university requires that all CSU students, not only the college’s majors, take general education courses housed in this college. Moreover, CLASS majors receive the best of humanistic education and leave our campus with highly developed habits of critical thinking and effective communication. It’s hard to imagine a more useful set of transferrable skills. Our graduates are well prepared to become solid, contributing members of our democratic society.

For more information about the college, click on any of the links in the green bar to the right of this message.

If you are a potential student looking for a liberal education based in the heart of a great city, then choosing to study in our college may be one of the most life-enhancing decisions you will ever make. In these pages you will find a variety of excellent programs of study at affordable prices. We think you might just find your new academic home here. If you have any questions as you try to make your decision, please reach out to us.

If you are an alumna or alumnus of the college (or the old CSU College of Arts and Sciences), thank you for checking in. We appreciate your continued interest and hope you will find time to visit our campus again. If you have not visited in a while, you will find some impressive changes have taken place. Our external newsletter, The Innerlink, can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to the right. The newsletter is a great way to keep up with the latest developments in the College and also to let other alumni know about your own personal successes. If you would like an electronic copy sent to your inbox, please contact us.

Sincerely yours,

Allyson L. Robichaud
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences