Campus buildings reopened to the public effective July 1. Services are available virtually or by appointment only. Visitors should reach out to individual departments regarding appointments. Masks and social distancing are required while on campus. To learn more about current operations, view the university's summer reopening plan.
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts includes the departments of English; History and Geography; Mass Communication; Humanities and Philosophy; Political Science; Modern Languages; Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies; and the School of Criminal Justice.
The college offers more than two dozen undergraduate programs as well as minors and graduate degrees. Every student who begins their educational journey at UCO will take numerous courses in the College of Liberal Arts before a degree is granted.
As such, it is the mission of every member of the College of Liberal Arts to challenge students to speak clearly, write well, appreciate difference, ask questions, act ethically, participate, value the past, encounter the present, and create the future.
College of Liberal Arts Statement on Racial Justice
We in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma add our voices to the growing chorus that calls for change at the local, regional, and national level. The frequent killings of unarmed Black people, including the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, have brought much-needed attention to the Black Lives Matter movement across the country and compels all of us stand with the Black community and indeed all People of Color.
The College supports our students, faculty and staff who have participated in the actions – demonstrations, marches, and meetings (in-person and virtual) – that support the call for change on national, regional, and local levels in order to challenge—and, ultimately, to eliminate—systemic racism, the unchecked abuse of institutional power, and the overt and covert discrimination that continue to make such tragedies not only possible but devastatingly frequent. The College of Liberal Arts believes Black Lives Matter.
We are also called to action. Please know that the College of Liberal Arts has made and will continue to make changes that move issues of diversity and inclusion to the fore. These changes include:
- The establishment in 2019 of an annual Faculty and Staff Forum to introduce concepts of unconscious bias and “normalized” racism to a large audience
- Support for Faculty and Staff reading groups to explore texts that associated with our disciplines to augment underrepresented student voices.
- The appointment of an Assistant Dean in the College with specific responsibilities related to diversity and inclusion
- The reconsideration of the College’s Mission and Vision statements to reflect an active stance with regard to an experience that acknowledges the rich diversity and lived experience of our students as we guide them along their academic paths
- The intentional infusion of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the College’s practices, including but not limited to curriculum, assessment, and faculty and staff searches.
- The regular self-assessment and reporting of efforts and actions toward achieving a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community through departmental and college self-assessment.
- Individual efforts on the part of each of our academic units – the seven departments and the school that comprise the College.
- Coordination with University efforts including the Committee on Diversity and the newly-formed Inclusive Community Response Team.
Systemic racism is insidious – and is a burden that Black people and People of Color have had to bear for far too long. We are aware that education and action in systemic racism needs to be a continuing process. Black Lives Matter and other social justice movement have taught us that when we know better, we do better and that we do better when we act together. We will be listening to our faculty and students as new issues and opportunities for improvement arise. We invite everyone – members of the faculty and staff, as well as current and former students – to join us as we move our college, and indeed the university, forward.
Dean Catherine Webster
with unanimous support of the CLA Chairs' Council
Summer 2020 Reopening Plan
The university begins its phased reopening Monday, June 1. To guide our return to campus, please take a moment to review the Summer 2020 Reopening Plan. The document includes an overarching plan for campus drafted by the COVID-19 Response Task Force and approved by the University Cabinet, including requirements for wearing face masks when interacting with others in an environment where social distancing is not possible, sanitization and cleaning and self-monitoring of health, as well as the operating plans for individual offices and departments.