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College of Liberal Arts

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at UMass Boston

From Art to Philosophy, from Africana Studies to Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts provides the opportunity to study a wide variety of disciplines spanning the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Your liberal arts education will help you develop skills you'll use throughout your career: the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, to adapt to new situations quickly, to analyze information, to interact with a wide variety of people, and to build the confidence to be a creative problem solver.

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Transfer to UMass Boston

Due to the end-of-year holidays, the spring transfer deadline has been extended. Submit your application today! Read More 

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The Commonwealth Diversity Fellows Program, open to students in the College of Liberal Arts and College of Public and Community Service, was created in 2011 for the purposes of offering exceptional and diverse students a semester-long internship through which the students can gain work experience and critical insight into the workings of the public sector. Read More 

Why UMass Boston?

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Bob Chen

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences; BA Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University; PhD Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

“They call me an urban oceanographer because I study the ocean water right off Morrissey Boulevard.”

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Giving to UMass Boston

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