Innovators of Today and Tomorrow

The College of Liberal Arts – communication, humanities, history, culture, and social sciences – excels at transforming students into communicators, leaders, and innovative problem solvers. Our programs are at the heart of the St. Cloud State University to "prepare students for life, work and citizenship in the twenty-first century."

The School of the Arts encourages and facilitates creative and artistic growth through in visual arts, music, and film.

Our faculty instill and encourage research, travel, and intellectual curiosity and are responsive to each student's uniqueness. Students graduate with a passion for service and a deep understanding of the arts and humanities they can carry into their workplace and communities. 

Areas of Excellence

St. Cloud State faculty members are active and engaged in the education community, locally, statewide, and nationally and constantly refresh program offerings with the most current information and innovative teaching techniques.

Through thoughtful curriculum design, our faculty are raising the standards of education and inclusivity. The College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts are proud to provide the following degree programs.


Anthropology studies humans of the past and present and explores the cultural diversity of the world around you. Students are given opportunities for hands-on field work and research.

Anthropology Programs


Prepare for long-term success in the visual arts with a dynamic range of classes in studio art, graphic design, art history, and art education. 

St. Cloud State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Art Programs

Communication Studies

Communication Studies students gain knowledge, appreciation, and skills that contribute to the full understanding and practice of effective communication in careers, relationships and communities, which are highly sought-after skills in a variety of career fields.

Communication Studies Programs

Ethnic, Gender and Women's Studies

Dive deeper into the issues surrounding women, gender, LGBTQ+ communities, transnational identities, and American racial and ethnic groups. 

Ethnic, Gender and Women's Studies Programs

Global Studies

Global Studies students cross disciplines to study how nations and states act on a global stage, focusing on governments, relationships, and conflicts. 

Global Studies Programs


Understanding history helps students analyze the past and provide a broader perspective of the future. Students gain strong critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate their perspective. 

History Programs

Languages and Cultures

Languages and Cultures students learn to value diversity and intercultural understanding through interactive classrooms, experiential learning, community engagement, and education abroad.  

Languages and Cultures Programs

Mass Communications

Television, radio, news, and more - Mass Communication students are prepared to be a creative multimedia force in today's diverse and global society. 

The Department of Mass Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Mass Communications Programs

Military Science

Students with a prior military service can grow their leadership skills and work towards becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Military Science Programs


SCSU's nationally accredited degrees in music engage students in hands-on, one-on-one environments with distinguished faculty where our mission is to teach, create, and perform. 

St. Cloud State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Music Programs


Philosophy is concerned with questions that are difficult to answer, yet fundamentally important. As a Philosophy students gain an increased awareness of these issues, which pervade human life and helps establish a life-long attitude of reflection.

Philosophy Programs

Political Science

Our students receive practical training in political behavior and practices for careers in government, private institutions, nonprofits and international organizations. They examine politics at the micro level, nationally and internationally using a mix of scientific method and humanistic perspective.

Political Science Programs


Why do we behave the way we do? Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. It's a broad field with ties to philosophy, biology, sociology, business, and even computer science. 

Psychology Programs


Sociology students learn about sociological approaches to thinking about social change, social well-being, and social justice at the local, regional and global scale.

The Applied Sociology concentration in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is accredited by The Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology (CACS).

Sociology Programs

Theatre and Film Studies

Theatre and Film Studies students are prepared to be creative, critical thinkers ready to tackle a broad range of careers. Faculty provide a broad international perspective and high quality creative experiences. 

Theatre and Film Studies Programs