The College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) is the academic bedrock of the University of Idaho, offering curricula in the liberal arts and select professions that are central to the University’s statewide mission. Through these curricula, students gain a better sense of their place — physically, socially, ethically, and aesthetically — within their region and the world. CLASS is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and to lively intellectual exchange and collaboration across disciplines.
Toward the fulfillment of our mission, we focus on three general goals: providing educational excellence; promoting research and creative activity both within and across disciplines; and maintaining strategic relevance through our contribution to general education and our involvement in outreach activities. In pursuing these goals, CLASS is committed to diversify aggressively, hire competitively, uphold standards assiduously, develop opportunely, and compensate adequately.Goal 1
. Teaching and Learning
. Engage students in a transformational experience of discovery, understanding, and global citizenship.Goal 2. Scholarly and Creative Activity
. Achieve excellence in scholarship and creative activity through a college culture that recognizes that teaching, outreach, research, and creative activities are inextricably intertwined. Goal 3. Outreach and Engagement
. Work both through college-based strategies and with University of Idaho extension offices to extend the expertise housed in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences to the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in counties across the state.Goal 4. Organization, Culture, and Climate
. Create and sustain an energized community that is adaptable, dynamic, and vital to enable the University to advance strategically and function efficiently.