Dean’s Welcome

(March 23, 2020) COVID-19 has altered the landscape of our lives for the foreseeable future. I recognize the challenges we face as learners, educators, and citizens during these uncertain times and will continue to work closely with our faculty and staff to make the transition to remote learning and teaching as seamless as possible. 

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Welcome to the largest and most diverse college at the University of La Verne. The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for successful lives by advancing their personal and intellectual growth through a 21st century liberal arts education. The college’s breadth covers:

  • Arts;
  • Humanities;
  • Natural Sciences; and
  • Social Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences serves as the nexus for the University of La Verne’s transformative learning experience. We draw inspiration from the ephemeral nature of an evolving world and use a forward-thinking approach to transcend academic boundaries in a way that encourages students to tackle solutions to pressing regional, national, and societal issues. We accomplish this by developing socially aware, global citizens who apply critical thinking to create positive change to the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences encompasses a wide array of educational, creative, scholarly, and research activity. Through core academic classes and our diverse degree programs, we guide undergraduate students as they develop critical thinking skills, participate in hands-on learning experiences, and acquire life skills that will help them achieve success both in their careers and in their communities.

Our graduate students are part of the next generation of innovators in education, business, research, and government. Rigorous and intensive training enhances their disciplinary expertise and prepares them to take on leadership roles across the state and around the world.

The faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are expert practitioners who have a passion for excellence and education. The depth of their scholarly and educational activities is astonishing: professional societies and organizations, international cultural experts, cutting-edge scientists, award-winning teachers, published authors—the list goes on and on. They are the reason La Verne students receive high-quality instruction and mentoring.

Now is a particularly auspicious time to be part of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the cutting-edge work being done through our undergraduate and graduate programs and co-curricular experiences like our internationally ranked Debate Team, award winning LeoFM radio station and campus newspaper, world travelling ULV Chamber Singers,  and thought-provoking Theatre productions. Explore the college website to learn more about CAS opportunities–visit our academic units, learn more about the scholarly activities and research underway across the campus, discover the many ways to get involved. Better yet, come to La Verne for a campus visit, and we’ll show you the world-class opportunities available in this wonderfully weird paradise.

Brian D. Clocksin, PhD

Interim Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences