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)
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.
in sponsored research
Students are able to collaborate with faculty on research projects with roles ranging from research assistant to co-author.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most programs in the College of Liberal Arts can be paired to create a double major without extra time-to-graduation.
Department of Psychology
Degree programs: psychology (BS), experimental psychology (MS), and school psychology (MS)
Largest degree program in College of Liberal Arts
School of Communication
communication courses offered
minors offered: advertising and public relations, communication, journalism, and health communication
immersions offered: advertising and public relations, communication, and journalism
Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Faculty members from across RIT contribute to Women’s and Gender Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies courses offered
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
of students complete an international experience or an experiential learning opportunity
countries and sovereign nations in which faculty conduct research
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
Science, Technology, and Society courses
minors: science, technology, and society; and environmental studies
immersions: science, technology, and society; and environmental studies
Department of Public Policy
times faculty were published or cited in the news (2012-2018)
students in the undergraduate program with double majors
faculty involved in National Science Foundation-funded research
Department of Philosophy
minors: philosophy and ethics
immersions: philosophy, ethics, religious studies, global justice, and renaissance studies
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
events and performances in music, theater, and dance
minors: American art, film studies, museum studies, music and technology, music performance, and theater arts
immersions: film studies, museum studies, music, theater arts, and visual culture
Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
languages taught: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
minor and immersion options: ASL, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Language Science, Latino/Latina/Latin American Studies, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
of students in the undergraduate degree program complete an international experience
Department of History
faculty in the department
history courses offered
geographical and historical areas of study
Department of English
in sponsored research (2017-2018)
minors: creative writing, digital literature and comparative media, English, and language science
immersions: creative writing, digital literature and comparative media, English, human language technology and computational linguistics, and language science
Department of Economics
department at RIT for double majors
student-to-faculty ratio means a personalized experience
of students in the undergraduate program engage in a hands-on capstone or research project
Department of Criminal Justice
in sponsored research funding (2017-2018)
Ranked among top 50 criminal justice programs nationwide by College Factual
criminal justice courses offered
Department of Political Science
political science courses
average class size
degree tracks: politics and the life sciences, digital politics and organization, and political institutions