UW-Green Bay

Overview

At UW-Green Bay, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences includes the interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs in the visual and performing arts, communication, computer science, information sciences, humanities, social sciences, and online degree programs, including integrative leadership studies.

Mission for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers over thirty interdisciplinary and disciplinary majors and minors in the visual and performing arts, humanities, communication, computer and information sciences, and social sciences. Our faculty takes pride in their engagement with students through traditional, online and blended delivery methods. We create unique communities of learners that engage critically and creatively around issues, problems, and solutions. In addition, the College supports community engagement through centers that sponsor speaker series, outreach events, and community-based research. Central to our mission is the promotion of problem-based, engaged learning through close relationships with our students to ensure successful, fulfilling careers and lives. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences develops students who: 

  • Are critical and creative thinkers
  • Engage in high impact, hands-on learning experiences
  • Learn in a diverse and inclusive environment in order to enable success and understand a global, multicultural world
  • Develop an understanding of civic and global citizenship and promote this through our community connections
  • Can adapt to change and promote improvement

The Value of a Liberal Education

Liberal Education and America’s Promise

In 2005, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) started a 10-year initiative to promote liberal education. This initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), provides a series of learning outcomes and goals that all colleges and universities should be promoting. Many of us feel it is fitting that we promote the ideals discussed in the LEAP report. I believe the value of a liberal education is critical to every student’s education and represents the central component of any undergraduate degree.

"Liberal education" unfortunately is a loaded term that often is misconstrued to mean ideologically to the left, rather than its actual meaning referring to the idea of liberating one's mind. A liberal education encourages an individual to think and be creative, to make decisions based on reasoned analysis. It continues to be one of the best ways to educate our students and ensure their success in an ever-changing world.

Learning Outcomes of a Liberal Arts Education

These desired learning outcomes include:

  • knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • intellectual and practical skills
  • personal and social responsibility
  • integrative learning

A more in-depth discussion of these outcomes is online at liberaleducation.uwsa.edu. These are not controversial and, in fact, are strong testaments to what we all believe is necessary to succeed in life. Business leaders know this. Surveyed by AAC&U, they indicated strong consensus that a liberal education foundation is important for the people they hire, and what they would recommend to anyone pursuing a college education.

In addition to these learning outcomes, the AAC&U provides “Principles of Excellence” that institutions should strive for when educating students. Principle One discusses the idea of making excellence inclusive and connecting school, work and life (and, I’ll add, community). At UW-Green Bay, faculty, staff and students are working on a number of efforts to bring their considerable expertise to address local, national and global concerns. Our history students and faculty worked with the National Railroad Museum to develop outreach programs including an exhibit on the Pullman Porters. Our Urban and Regional Studies program has helped in a number of efforts with the downtown On Broadway, Inc., including redevelopment of the Larsen site.