As a student in the College of Liberal Arts, you will have the opportunity to be involved in undergraduate research. An ever-expanding research agenda will give you a variety of topics to focus on, such as work in computational linguistics that produces voice-enabled technologies, studying perception and cognition in animals that aids in conservation efforts of endangered species, or examining energy consumption of video game consoles and how to make them more efficient. With initiatives in areas that integrate traditional research in the social sciences and humanities with new interdisciplinary fields in health, computing, science, and engineering, you can easily find something that suits your interests. Interdisciplinary research and an emphasis on community engagement and global perspectives represent defining characteristics of the college’s research portfolio.
How to Get Involved
While building a network of connections with professors at RIT, you are encouraged to find people who are performing research in an area of your interest. You may have the opportunity to be hired as a research assistant, gaining experience, earning a paycheck, and potentially fulfilling your program’s co-op/experiential learning requirement. Each year, students in the College of Liberal Arts co-author research that is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences. Most degree programs also include a senior thesis or capstone project where you’ll dive into a topic of personal interest.
(Trust, Information, Programs, Services) Initiative focused on improving relations between law enforcement and members of the communities in which they serve.
Studying how shooting databases can be utilized to guide violence intervention programs.
Collecting information and points-of-view to further the national discussion on guns, gun violence, and gun policy.
Exploring the differences between what workers are taught in school/training programs and what skills/competencies are required in the 21st century workforce.
Analyzing why software and web developers offer recognition and/or compensation to individuals who detect errors or security breaches in their products
Examining archaeological evidence to determine how humans hunted and farmed, as well as how constraints in their environment impacted how they lived.
Telling stories of complex fictional worlds across multiple media formats, such as books, movies, comics, television, etc., to create a cohesive entertainment experience. (Think fictional universes, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Marvel.)
Working to make smarter AI that is representative and inclusive of the people who will be using and interacting with it.
Learn more about computational sensing and human-centered AI
Find an Expert
College of Liberal Arts faculty are experts in a variety of topics within their academic fields. Whether you’re looking for a professor whose research interests align with your own, or you need an authority explanation on a point of curiosity, you’ll be sure to find someone who can help you dig deeper in your search for answers.
An ever-growing body of research is produced by the College of Liberal Arts faculty at RIT, in a wide range of fields and formats. Their professional accomplishments include books, and articles, national and international presentations, exhibitions and original works, and more. Through these diverse types of media, we demonstrate our commitment to academic excellence and contribute to RIT's reputation as a scholarship leader.
March 23, 2023
RIT studying impacts of pandemic on local healthcare workers
WHEC-TV talks to Anthony Jimenez, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, about his research on the effect of COVID on healthcare workers.
March 14, 2023
RIT professor conducts study on the pandemic’s impact on healthcare workers
WROC-TV features a research project by Anthony Jimenez, assistant professor in RIT’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic faced by regional healthcare practitioners.
March 10, 2023
RIT scientists develop technology to analyze police body-cam footage
WHEC-TV talks to John McCluskey, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, about a grant received by Ernest Fokoue, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, to study how to analyze body-worn camera footage. McCluskey is also part of the research project.