College of Liberal Arts



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective A
Ensure the alignment of General Education, the major, assessment, undergraduate and graduate program review, and co-curricular activities with the above goal.

  • The Department of English Language and Literatures’ first-year writing program was one of three programs in 2010 to receive the Liberal Studies’ Exemplary Program Award for accomplishments in creative programs by General Education faculty and administrators.
  • Raj Soin College of Business began promoting its minor programs to students in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Mathematics.
  • Undergraduate minors in Chinese Studies, Russian Studies, and Sexuality Studies were created, and certificates in the African American Experience in Education, African American and Gender Experiences, and the History and Philosophy of Science were launched.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • The College of Liberal Arts created a joint M.A. in Social Work with Miami University, providing the first master’s-level education in social work in the Miami Valley.
  • The Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts collaborated to provide dual majors to students interested in pursuing computer science or computer engineering and philosophy, English, or history degrees.
  • STEAM3, which combines STEMM disciplines with art and music, was offered to art and music education majors.
  • The College of Education and Human Services and the College of Liberal Arts collaborated to develop the Youth and Community Engagement minor.
  • Robert Riordan, Ph.D., conducted archaeological excavations at Fort Ancient each summer, providing students with hands-on archaeological survey and excavation experience.
  • The Department of Communication established an internship program with the Dayton Daily News

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, by professors and award-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, was nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Classical humanities students received hands-on experience excavating ruins and working in museums with Bronze Age material in Greece.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • The university developed the Wright State Academy, a five-week intensive course designed to give at-risk students the writing and study skills necessary to succeed in college courses.
  • For the last 34 years, the Model United Nations team achieved the highest recognition possible at the National Model UN Conference in New York City.
  • The university developed the Wright State Academy, a five-week intensive course designed to give at-risk students the writing and study skills necessary to succeed in college courses.
  • The Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes Program grew significantly. Students from around the world have honed their linguistic, academic, and social skills before enrolling in credit-bearing courses and programs.
  • The College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Services began offering the African American Experience in Education certificate program to help future educators relate to African American students, making them more effective teachers in urban public schools.
  • The Department of Modern Languages expanded offerings in foreign language instruction.
  • The College of Liberal Arts continues to offer the majority of Summer Ambassador Programs, with recent courses in South Africa, France, Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, and China.

Objective C
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.

  • The College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Services began offering an African American Experience in Education certificate program, and the College of Liberal Arts and the Boonshoft School of Medicine began offering a Certificate in African American and Gender Experiences in Medicine.
  • The Department of Communication established an internship program with the Dayton Daily News



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • CELIA, the Ohio Center of Excellence in Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts, launched research initiatives. The CELIA fellows program supports innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each semester, a team of fellows collaborates on original compositions, performances, presentations, courses, and/or scholarly writings. The CELIA Distinguished Visiting Artist Program brings an internationally renowned artist to the campus for performances, exhibitions, and master classes. CELIA Seed Grants support pilot projects relating to collaborative and innovative projects and approaches to education and leadership in the arts.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective A
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.

  • The Robert and Elaine Stein Art Galleries offered a robust schedule of exhibitions of contemporary art as well as a permanent collection.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • More than 15 College of Liberal Arts faculty members collaborate each year with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, serving on committees and as first readers of nominated fiction and nonfiction works, and organizing campus readings and panels.
  • One hundred faculty and students from the Departments of Music and Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures collaborated with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to mount Leonard Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers.
  • Graduate students in the Public History Program created an Open the Toybox exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery featuring homemade heirlooms, hand-painted antiques, and mass-produced icons.
  • The Center for Urban and Public Affairs is a valued resource in the region and state for its research on workforce and economic development, education, community development, housing, and health.
  • Student Anthony Powers’ art show “Why Are the Walls Screaming” was on display at the Yellow Springs Arts Gallery.

Objective C
Offer degree and other education programs consistent with regional and state needs.

  • Students taking Philanthropy as Citizenship awarded mini-grants to the House of Bread, the Linda Vista Project, and the Children’s Hunger Alliance.
  • The new Master of Social Work program admitted its first students in Fall 2012. It was created to respond to a community need for more social workers with advanced degrees.
  • The College of Liberal Arts’ STEAM3 program trains future educators to use art and music to teach science. Students work with K–12 master teachers to deliver their lesson plans in local classrooms.
  • The Youth and Community Engagement minor was created through a collaboration among the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to improve the academic achievement of students in urban schools by attracting more students into urban education as a career field, by better preparing teacher education majors for work in urban settings, and by promoting a sense of civic responsibility among K–16 students.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective B
Enhance fiscal and operational management.

  • ArtsGala generated $485,000 for scholarships for Wright State’s fine and performing arts students.