Welcome From The Dean
Welcome to the University of Idaho
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
The cornerstone of the Administration Building proclaims that the University of Idaho is dedicated to preparing citizens for the “highest usefulness in private life and public service.” What was true in 1907, when the Administration Building was built, continues to be true today.
The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences empowers students to confront complexity, assimilate change and embrace challenge. CLASS is the gateway to deeper knowledge of the physical, social, aesthetic, and cultural elements of both landscapes and peoples. An appreciation and understanding of diversity is at the heart of the CLASS student experience. The College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences provides a foundation in the liberal arts – the bedrock of the educational experience. CLASS cultivates breadth and prepares students to confront the challenges of a changing social, cultural and political world, and to respond with informed and creative solutions. A liberal arts education develops practical skills necessary for both workplace and community, such as problem solving, communication, analytical proficiency and the ability to make connections among diverse ideas.
At the same time, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences prides itself on providing in-depth study in all of its disciplines – from anthropology to theater arts. Faculty scholarship, innovation and creative activities benefit the University of Idaho community, the state, the nation, and the world. Our goal is to engage students in a transformational experience of discovery, understanding and global citizenship. We work to bring an interdisciplinary approach to complex local, state, national and global problems.
The University of Idaho embraces its “Legacy of Leading” and the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences has made significant contributions to that legacy. I am proud to represent CLASS and look forward to visiting alumni and friends at various Vandal events.