Fast Facts


Present since RIT’s inception, the disciplines of the Liberal Arts were taught as part of the general education component of the institute’s degree programs.  In 1961, these disciplines were established formally as the College of General Studies, and a decade later the College’s first career-oriented degree programs are created.  In 1982, the college was aptly renamed the College of Liberal Arts.

Degree Offerings

  • Fourteen Bachelor of Science degree programs in:
    • Advertising & Public Relations
    • Applied Modern Language & Culture
    • Communication
    • Criminal Justice
    • Digital Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Economics
    • International & Global Studies
    • Journalism
    • Museum Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Public Policy
    • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Five Master of Science degree programs in:
    • Experimental Psychology
    • Communication & Media Technologies
    • Criminal Justice
    • School Psychology
    • Science, Technology & Public Policy

Our Students

  • 531 Undergraduate Students 
  • 73 Graduate Students 
  • 59% Female, 41% Male 
  • 25% AALANA Enrollment 
  • 13 countries represented 

Our Faculty

  • 4:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
  • 158 Full Time Instructional Faculty
  • Recipients of Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching
    • Katie Terezakis, PhD (Philosophy)
    • Kirsten Condry, PhD (Psychology)
    • Joseph Fornieri, PhD (Political Science)
    • Keith Jenkins, PhD (Communications)
    • Andrew Herbert, PhD (Psychology)
    • Timothy Engstrom, PhD (Philosophy)
    • LaVerne McQuillier-Williams, JD, PhD (Criminal Justice)
    • David Suits, PhD (Philosophy)
    • David Neumann, PhD (Communications)
    • John Sanders, PhD (Philosophy)
    • James Campbell, PhD (Philosophy)
    • Dane Gordon, PhD (Philosohpy)
    • Mary Sullivan, PhD (English)*
    • Michael Vernarelli, PhD (Economics)
    • Fred Wilson, PhD (Science, Technology & Society)
    • Sarah Collins, PhD (English)*
    • Houghton Wetherald (Fine Arts)*
    • Boris Mikolji, PhD (Sociology)*
    • Julian Salisnjak, PhD (Liberal Arts)*
    • Pellegrino Nazarro, PhD (History)
    • Stanley McKenzie, PhD (English)
    *Retired, no longer teaching
  • Recipients of Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Kelly Norris Martin, PhD (Communications)
    • Eric Nystrom, PhD (History)
    • Sean Sutton, PhD (Political Science)
    • Joseph Fornieri, PhD (Political Science)
    • Debra Fromm Faria (Social Work)*
    • Keith Jenkins, PhD (Communications)
    • David Neumann, PhD (Philosophy)
    *Degree in Social Work is discontinued at RIT

Our Alumni

  • Degrees Awarded in 2017
    • 155 Bachelor’s Degrees
    • 42 Master’s Degrees & Advanced Certificates
  • 95% Outcome Rate for Undergraduate Students
  • 97% Outcome Rate for Graduate Students

Our Facilities

Although our presence can be seen all over campus, the College of Liberal Arts resides primarily in Liberal Arts Hall (LBR) and Eastman Hall (EAS).  We’re also home to several state-of-the-art laboratories used in psychology research, as well as the Modern Languages Technology Center, a dedicated computer lab for language students with resources that enhance the educational experience.  Our Department of Criminal Justice houses the Center for Public Safety Initiatives, a unique collaboration between the City of Rochester, the criminal justice agencies of Greater Rochester, and Rochester Institute of Technology.  The College of Liberal Arts has both an open PC lab and an open Mac lab with free printing to serve our students’ needs.

Study Abroad

In addition to RIT’s international campuses and the wealth of opportunities through the Study Abroad & Fellowships Office, the College of Liberal Arts sponsors faculty-led study abroad programs.  These programs offer the added benefits of faculty instruction and curriculum, as well as credit granted directly through RIT.