UCO COVID-19 protocols remain in place for the spring 2021 semester. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage. View a list of UCO's virtual services.
Celebrating Student Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity
The University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts annual Student Symposium will be held virtually on March 31, 2021. In its 33rd year, the Student Symposium offers students the opportunity to present their exemplary writing and research and to participate in other academic and creative activities. Classes in the College of Liberal Arts are redirected during this event to allow students to participate and to give classmates the chance to experience the scholarly and creative works of their fellow students. All UCO students taking classes in the College of Liberal arts students are welcome to submit proposals.
This year’s theme is “Connections.” In this context, we seek to overcome the challenges of social distancing by connecting and reconnecting in new and innovative ways. Through empathy, our research and creative projects seek to incorporate the perspectives of others. We strive to be sensitive to the needs of our fellow humans in this space of learning. We teach ourselves through stories that inspire us to overcome adversity and champion diversity.
The Liberal Arts are becoming more important every day. In our college, we teach our students to ask the right questions, to study their past, analyze their present, and make connections to prepare for the future. The Liberal Arts differ from other disciplines because our objects of study are often inaccessible directly. Our research usually generates even more questions. In turn, these questions are the starting points for UCO students to begin to understand the communities in which they live.
Unlike many other disciplines, the Liberal Arts and the Humanities seek to educate rather than train. The goal is not to instill a set of skills with immediate exchange value. The goal is for our students to learn the intellectual and critical thinking skills that has value in any career, project, or activity they decide to develop in the future. Above all, we hope our students are prepared to become engaged citizens fostering improvements in an always changing world.