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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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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?

Professor Amy E. Smith embraces the challenge of meeting the needs of visually impaired public policy students.

Amy E. Smith

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs

“The fact that we have very interdisciplinary faculty means that students get experts teaching them.

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