Catalog 2023-2024

College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters is a place where theory meets practice and expression meets experience. Guided by faculty who are talented artists and distinguished scholars, students come to CAL to study everything from fleeting 140-character tweets to enduring works of classic literature. The College is home to eight collaborative and innovative academic departments: Art and Design, Communication, English and Writing, Film, Animation and New Media, Languages and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, and Theatre and Dance.


As a community of scholars and artists, the College of Arts and Letters engages in cutting-edge creative work, technological innovation, critical scholarly practice, and engagement with diverse communities. Collectively we affirm the value and importance of the arts and humanities in contributing to a more rewarding and just life. The eight academic departments of the College of Arts and Letters value theory, practice, and cultural and historical awareness. We encourage students, staff and faculty to be creative, innovative, and discerning. In classrooms, studios, laboratories and venues across campus and across the globe, students and faculty work collaboratively to become effective communicators, ethical decision-makers, and expressive meaning-makers who embody thought in action.