Key Facts

College of Liberal Arts

4

honor societies

The College of Liberal Arts sponsors the honor societies: Lambda Pi Eta (Communication), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics), Psi Chi (Psychology), and Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies)

12

sponsored clubs

The College of Liberal Arts sponsors clubs that range from a Pep Band that plays at hockey games to Signatures Magazine, an award-winning art and literary publication. College-sponsored clubs are open to any RIT student, regardless of major.

$2.9M

in sponsored research

Students are able to collaborate with faculty on research projects with roles ranging from research assistant to co-author.

46

minor options

A minor is an upper-level five-course sequence in a subject or topic outside of the primary major which allows students to gain a secondary area of expertise. Completed minors are recognized on student transcripts.

60

immersion options

An immersion is a three-course sequence in a subject or topic outside of the primary major meant to help students develop a well-rounded skill set or explore an area of interest. The College of Liberal Arts provides the most immersion options on campus.

800+

study abroad programs

Students are encouraged to study abroad at one of RIT’s international campuses, on a faculty-led trip, or through an affiliate program. Options span more than 60 countries and offer credit-bearing courses. All College of Liberal Arts degree programs can accommodate an international experience.

100%

taught by faculty

Teaching assistants do not teach any courses in the College of Liberal Arts. TAs may provide assistance to faculty and students in some courses but are not given any teaching responsibilities.

18%

double major

Most programs in the College of Liberal Arts can be paired to create a double major without extra time-to-graduation.

Department of Psychology

6

Research laboratories

3

Degree programs: psychology (BS), experimental psychology (MS), and school psychology (MS)

#1

Largest degree program in College of Liberal Arts

School of Communication

69

communication courses offered

4

minors offered: advertising and public relations, communication, journalism, and health communication

3

immersions offered: advertising and public relations, communication, and journalism

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

24

Faculty members from across RIT contribute to Women’s and Gender Studies

24

Women’s and Gender Studies courses offered

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

100%

of students complete an international experience or an experiential learning opportunity

26

countries and sovereign nations in which faculty conduct research

30

grants, fellowship, and awards received by department and program faculty, including NSF, NEH, ACLS, and Mellon Foundation, in 2017.

Department of Science, Technology, and Society

29

Science, Technology, and Society courses

2

minors: science, technology, and society; and environmental studies

2

immersions: science, technology, and society; and environmental studies

Department of Public Policy

112

times faculty were published or cited in the news (2012-2018)

24%

students in the undergraduate program with double majors

100%

faculty involved in National Science Foundation-funded research

Department of Philosophy

47

Philosophy courses

2

minors: philosophy and ethics

5

immersions: philosophy, ethics, religious studies, global justice, and renaissance studies

Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture

40+

events and performances in music, theater, and dance

6

minors: American art, film studies, museum studies, music and technology, music performance, and theater arts

5

immersions: film studies, museum studies, music, theater arts, and visual culture

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

10

languages taught: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

12

minor and immersion options: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Language Science, Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

100%

of students in the undergraduate degree program complete an international experience

Department of History

10

faculty in the department

68

history courses offered

9

geographical and historical areas of study

Department of English

$171k

in sponsored research (2017-2018)

4

minors: creative writing, digital literature and comparative media, English, and language science

5

immersions: creative writing, digital literature and comparative media, English, human language technology and computational linguistics, and language science

Department of Economics

#1

department at RIT for double majors

5:1

student-to-faculty ratio means a personalized experience

100%

of students in the undergraduate program engage in a hands-on capstone or research project

Department of Criminal Justice

$1.9M

in sponsored research funding (2017-2018)

Top 50

Ranked among top 50 criminal justice programs nationwide by College Factual

44

criminal justice courses offered

Department of Political Science

45

political science courses

26

average class size

3

degree tracks: politics and the life sciences, digital politics and organization, and political institutions