Message from the Dean

The College of Liberal Arts delivers innovative liberal arts education to nearly all 18,000 RIT students through its 18 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, over 50 minor and immersion options, and general education courses. 

Faculty within the college are exceptional and dedicated teachers as well as researchers, making major advancements in a host of areas from crime analysis to human/computer interaction, to the study of deaf cinema and early music.  At the same time, we are working with colleagues throughout RIT to create innovative, multidisciplinary programs that will further enhance the curricular and research opportunities for our students. 

The college prides itself on a culture of accessibility—even at a school as large as RIT, students are never just a number.  Small class sizes and involved faculty are a hallmark of each of our departments.   We make a commitment to our students to not only provide them a stellar education, but also help them build relationships with peers and faculty that will create a valuable network throughout their careers and lives.

Our strong, comprehensive liberal arts education has the unique advantage of being set on a campus that is world-renowned for technology and innovation, exposing students to a variety of cutting-edge disciplines and preparing students for the challenges of today’s world.  Graduates of the College of Liberal Arts leave with skills highly sought after by top employers, such as creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving, as well as skills gained through program-specific instruction. 

This really is a great time to be in the liberal arts.

Dr. James Winebrake
Dean, RIT College of Liberal Arts

Phone: 585-475-2447
E-mail: jjwgpt@rit.edu