About the College

Commencement at UMass Boston

The College of Liberal Arts offers students the opportunity to study a variety of fields in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts—from English to Economics, Africana Studies to Women’s Studies, Performing Arts to Psychology—as well as in interdisciplinary programs such as Asian Studies that span two or more fields of study. A liberal arts education helps develop the skills essential for a career or for graduate study: critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, inquiry and analysis, intercultural knowledge and competence, skills for lifelong learning and the ability to adapt to new situations quickly.

College of Liberal Arts alumni have gone on to become physicians, writers, TV producers, architects, teachers, elected officials, CEOs, sculptors, police officers, and more.

More than 5,000 students—close to 50% of UMass Boston’s undergraduates—are currently working toward degrees in the 27 majors offered by the college’s 19 departments. At the graduate level, the College of Liberal Arts currently offers eight masters programs (in English, American studies, applied economics, applied linguistics, historical archaeology, history, Latin and classical humanities, and applied sociology), a master of fine arts in creative writing, a PhD in clinical psychology, a PhD in sociology, and a PhD in developmental and brain sciences.

Faculty in the college are strongly committed to teaching and to their students’ learning. Faculty members mentor students in honors work, independent study projects, and internships. Faculty in the college produce research at the cutting edge of their disciplines, as well as participate in 15 university research centers and institutes that bring research and creative achievements to the local community and global audiences.

Jean Rhodes

Teaching, Research, and Service

Professor Jean Rhodes is the research director of the UMass Boston/MENTOR Research Alliance. Our professors teach and conduct major research. Read More 

Explore Creative Writing with Professor Lloyd Schwartz

"I am very excited that our students can now pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I've been writing poems seriously for nearly fifty years and teaching here for 28 years. Many of my best students have become poets." Read More 

Why UMass Boston?

Crystal Schaaf takes a break from using data from NASA’s newest weather satellite for climate models and weather models.

Crystal Schaaf

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences

”My data are used by scientists in Europe and in the States to monitor crops and climate changes.”

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