Research & Creativity
Research in the College of Liberal Arts spans the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and the fine and performing arts.
Social and behavioral sciences promote understanding of human life from the smallest synaptic firing in the human brain to the political and social systems that guide millions of people across the globe. They explore humanity from the ancient to the modern. Developing strategies to prevent violence and abuse, strengthening rural communities, and creating tools to help law enforcement are just some of the applied research goals.
Research in the humanities asks the large questions about culture, literature, philosophy, and language in an effort to illuminate the human experience. Though humanities research is often a solitary venture, the work is part of the ongoing dialogue that stretches back millennia and across cultures: what does human life mean?
Arts research is both creative and scholarly. Artists push aesthetic boundaries as they explore the human condition—they write plays, choreography, and musical scores; they paint, sculpt, and photograph; they act, sing, and play instruments. Art historians further understanding of the role of arts and artists across the span of human history.
Research and creative work in the College is undertaken by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.