The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers 10 Majors, 14 Minors and 2 Master’s degrees. Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty are the heart of the liberal arts degrees at Eastern Oregon University, serving all students, whether they are taking on-campus, onsite or online courses. The faculty are deeply engaged in a learning partnership with their students, and in laboratories, studios, theatres, music practice rooms, computing and writing facilities, and networked media all over campus and beyond.
The goal of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is to prepare our graduates for life in a complex society by providing each student with the opportunity to develop those characteristics that distinguish the educated citizen. The College provides students with the opportunity to develop proficiencies in the following University Learning Outcomes:
- Gaining a breadth of knowledge.
- Strengthening the intellectual and practical abilities necessary for success, identified by AAC&U as Essential Learning Outcomes.
- Being engaged in the community and exercising personal and social responsibility.
- Integrating, applying, and reflecting on their skills and knowledge.
To achieve a liberal arts mission, the College fosters and features excellence and innovation in instruction, active and collaborative learning, independent student research and creativity, outreach and distance delivery of its programs, and interdisciplinary modes of learning. College programs ensure both depth and breadth of learning. Depth is realized through intense training in a major. Breadth results from the assimilation of the substance, approach, and insights of several different disciplines through minors and general education requirements.
One of the hallmarks of an EOU education is the extent to which faculty actively involve themselves in the students’ educational process. This involvement is based on the deep learning our faculty have in their several disciplines and also on their own continuing growth and development, as they discover, create, research, and publish their contributions to the world’s knowledge. Every EOU student has the opportunity to know one of these faculty members as a personal mentor. Students have a broad array of practica and internships that will give them practical training in different settings. They will be prepared for the real world around them through real opportunities for engaged citizenship and international experiences.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers myriad opportunities for this personal attention - from the Grande Ronde Symphony to the Community Chorus, from collaborative art events to KEOL Radio, from Ars Poetica to the Indian Arts Festival. In all of these venues the faculty guide students into habits of critical and creative thinking, into effective writing and communication skills, into mastery of the venerable traditional subjects and new applications of these subjects in the world and the workplace.