The College of Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. The college also helps prepare students for professional and graduate study and cooperates with other colleges in offering joint professional and preprofessional programs. The college contributes the largest number of courses to the university’s Core Program, providing students with much of the knowledge at the heart of a broad liberal education, as well as many of the skills and habits of mind that are the mark of an educated person.

The college offers four undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music. The college also offers master’s degree programs in applied behavioral science, English, history, humanities, international and comparative politics, music, and public administration.

College Leadership

Academic Departments and Schools


The college is home to four unique entities that reach out to the community. 

  • Collaborative Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) is an Ohio Center of Excellence that creates initiatives to enrich the already-remarkable artistic climate in the Dayton region—an important tool for economic development.
  • Applied Policy Research Institute is an applied research center focused on urban, suburban, and rural issues. The center provides data and information to government, nonprofit, and community-based organizations to ultimately improve the quality of public systems and services.
  • The Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes (LEAP) program provides full-time intensive English instruction and offers non-native speakers the linguistic, academic, and social skills they need to be successful in an American university.
  • The Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries bring the best of contemporary art to the Dayton region and Wright State. The galleries have both a permanent collection and traveling exhibitions and are always free and open to the public.

Interdisciplinary Programs


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