Samantha A. Morgan-Curtis, Ph.D., Dean
112 Crouch Hall
The College of Liberal Arts offers academic programs designed to engage students in the study of human experience and human potential and to equip them for creatively, critically, and collaboratively shaping their lives, careers, and communities. At the graduate level the College offers a Master’s of Criminal Justice. The College also offers courses in English, History, and Music for students pursuing advanced study in these disciplines in association with graduate programs in Education.
Integrative Learning: Liberal Arts programs recognize education as an inherently connected, cumulative, and student-centered experience in which learning occurs across courses and across disciplines.
Creativity: Liberal Arts programs value and nurture originality, imagination, discovery, the active creation and appreciation of beauty, and the unique voice of each student. Rather than providing “training”, they seek to inspire students and draw inspiration from them.
Responsibility: Liberal Arts programs recognize the development of integrity, ethical thinking, and social and environmental awareness as essential goals of a college education.
Critical Thinking and Reasoned Judgment: Liberal Arts programs recognize discourse and the construction of knowledge as human activities requiring the questioning of assumptions, logical reasoning, analysis and synthesis, the appreciation of multiple perspectives, self-awareness, empathetic capacity, and civility.
Professional Competency: Liberal Arts programs value, model, and cultivate excellence in written and oral communication, task organization, collaboration, quantitative thinking, and literacy in information technology, equipping students with transferrable professional skills.
Student Service and Support: Liberal Arts programs recognize the quality of the individual student’s educational experience as the primary measure of their effectiveness and are committed to the highest standards of service for both traditional and non-traditional students in curriculum design, course offering, instruction, learning assessment, co-curricular activities, and academic and career advisement.
Individual academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts are accredited by the national, regional, and state agencies which accredit programs. The Music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). All teacher certification programs in the College are approved by the Tennessee Department of Education, and the teacher certification program of the University is accredited by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).