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.
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.)
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.
Kaitlin Gunther, a fourth-year psychology and computer science double major from Webster, N.Y., is trying to better understand how fish view the world. Gunther will present her research, Visual Discrimination of Rotated 3D Unicolor Objects in Goldfish, at RIT’s virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
RIT faculty-researchers will develop a game-design training system that could help astronauts maintain balance, motor skills, and other cognitive functions while in space. NASA, in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation, has selected six university teams, including RIT, to develop innovative design ideas that will help NASA advance and execute its Moon to Mars exploration objectives.