Welcome from the Dean
Welcome! Thank you for visiting the CLASS website and looking for all the amazing programs that we offer.
Our college, in many ways, constitutes the heart and soul of the university experience. It is the home of the liberal arts, and it remains the largest college on our campus, with several thousand students, over two hundred faculty and staff, eleven departments and schools, and forty-four degree programs. All of them boast award-winning and top-profile faculty and wonderfully devoted staff who form life-long mentorships with students. I’m truly honored to serve as dean for such a robust and dynamic college.
I wanted to thank you, first, for being interested in the University of Idaho. This university is one of the finest and most venerable public institutions in the American West, and we hold true to our land-grant mission to provide top-notch education to our citizens. Here you will find superb degree programs with stellar faculty and staff. You will also find here a friendly and nurturing environment. We hope that you’ll call our university community your home. And Moscow’s the kind of place where children still walk to school or ride their bikes to sports practice or even keep paper routes. There are few communities like it to be found.
I wanted to thank you, secondly, for being interested in the programs in our college. Your interest reveals to two things: curiosity and courage. This is because our degree programs touch intimately on the human condition — what it means to think and create and act in the world — whether it’s in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, international studies, music, the theater arts, English, and modern languages. By choosing one of these fields, you are choosing the life of the mind. And from here our students do go anywhere, whether by stepping directly into exciting professional careers, or embarking on a larger academic journey that will land them in law or medicine or business or education or in any number of fields.
I encourage our students to make the most of their time in college. Make new friends. Join clubs and learning communities. Do service. Participate in alternative spring break. Study overseas. Learn a language. Experience another culture. By so doing, you will build memories and experiences that will last you a lifetime and will make your journey richer and more fulfilling. What you study here at the University of Idaho will prepare you for this journey, helping you discern those things you will one day call your own.
If you’re a student, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re an alumna or alumnus or an aficionado of our disciplines, this is a perfect time to deepen your connection. Please email us and let us know where you are and what you are doing. Join us in building a brighter future for our college and our university!
Very truly yours,
Sean M. Quinlan