Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts

Oregon State University
College of Liberal Arts
Type Liberal arts education
Established 1973
Dean Larry Rodgers
Undergraduates 3,700+ (approx.)
Location Corvallis and Bend, Oregon, Oregon, U.S.
44°33′50″N 123°16′44″W / 44.564°N 123.279°W / 44.564; -123.279Coordinates: 44°33′50″N 123°16′44″W / 44.564°N 123.279°W / 44.564; -123.279
Website liberalarts.oregonstate.edu

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is the second largest of the 11 colleges at Oregon State University and offers 22 undergraduate degrees, 10 master's degrees and two doctoral degrees.[1]

CLA coursework is offered at the university's main campus in Corvallis, Oregon and at the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon. Currently, the CLA employs 290 faculty members with an enrollment of just over 3,600 full-time undergraduates.[2]


The most popular CLA majors include psychology, economics, sociology, digital communications arts, anthropology, liberal studies, political science, history and English.[3]


Oregon State University first offered studies in liberal arts in 1868. According to the CLA website, however, students showed greater interest the sciences and technology through much of the early 1900s - forcing administrators to deemphasize liberal arts.

By World War II, courses in liberal arts grew in popularity and OSU President A.L. Strand created the first divisional majors in humanities and social sciences at the university in 1959.[4]

The university later added the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1961 and continued to expand liberal arts studies throughout the 1960s. In 1973, the school became formalized as the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Early departments included the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Fine and Performing Arts.

The first graduate degrees were offered by the college in scientific and technical communications in 1988.[5]

Today, the College of Liberal Arts makes up one of the largest colleges on campus with a number of notable faculty and alumni.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. University, Oregon State. "OSU, College of Liberal Arts, Academics". oregonstate.edu. OSU. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. University, Oregon State. "Oregon State Enrollmenent Fall Term 2015" (PDF). OregonState.edu. Oregon State University. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  3. Oregon State University, OSU. "Oregon State University, Enrollment, Fall 2015" (PDF). oregonstate.edu. OSU. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  4. OSU, Oregon State University. "About". liberalarts.oregonstate.edu. OSU. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. International Dictionary of University Histories. "Oregon State University". books.google.com/. Fitzroy Dearborn. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  6. Webley, Edwards. "Off Campus but still on the air" (PDF). osualum.com/. OSU Alumni Assoc. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  7. National Geographic. "Photographer Chris Johns". photography.national geographic.com. National Geographic. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/19/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.