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.

Recent Projects

(Trust, Information, Programs, Services) Initiative focused on improving relations between law enforcement and members of the communities in which they serve.

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Studying how shooting databases can be utilized to guide violence intervention programs.

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Collecting information and points-of-view to further the national discussion on guns, gun violence, and gun policy.

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Exploring the differences between what workers are taught in school/training programs and what skills/competencies are required in the 21st century workforce. 

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Studying skills gaps present in the Rochester-area photonics industry 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.)

Latest News

  • December 7, 2018

    Woman stands with clipboard in front of the otter exhibit at Seneca Park Zoo.

    RIT, Seneca Park Zoo lead world in river otter research

    Research involving North American river otters based at Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo has concluded the fascinating animals can visually discriminate between two-dimensional objects and detect differences in shapes and colors.
  • October 11, 2018

    Yellow "Crime Scene Do Not Cross" police tape stretching across black pavement.

    RIT research aims to cut Rochester gun violence

    With a grant from the New York State Health Foundation, RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives will form a program to determine whether a victim of street crime was involved in a dispute, and whether that dispute could escalate with gun violence.
  • October 3, 2018

    The cover art for Newman's book "Abolitionism: A very short introduction."

    Professor tells abolitionist story in ‘Very Short’ book

    From the Underground Railroad to legislative lobbying, a new book, written by RIT Professor Richard Newman, Abolitionism: A Very Short Introduction, talks about the importance of anti-slavery struggles in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries.