The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is committed to enhancing and enriching the academic quality of its students, and to help them to achieve the highest academic and career goals they are capable of achieving. To that end, the college encourages and supports undergraduate students to become actively engaged in creating research, scholarship and creative work.
Students interested in pursuing research or creative work can do so by way of an independent study with a faculty member who shares their interests. A list of faculty and their research interests is found under the Research Resources link on the left side of this page. In many cases, such an independent study can count toward the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement. The College also supports undergraduate student research through the Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP).
The College also publishes Creating Knowledge, an annual journal of undergraduate scholarship and creative activity. The submission process for this journal begins in the departments and programs of the college. In addition, many of our departments and programs sponsor student research conferences, essay contests, and other related activities. Further information about these activities may be gleaned from their home pages.