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Overcoming hurdle after hurdle to inspire others and advocate for students

School of Language, Culture, and Society graduate student Lonni Ivey on her way to earn a second master’s in the College Student Services Administration program

Lonni Ivey, ‘21, M.A. ‘23, first became infatuated with religious studies and philosophy after she started taking classes at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Enrolling in college for the first time in her 40s and as a single mother, she longed for learning and was determined, despite every challenge she faced, to earn a degree and become the best she could be.

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The College of Liberal Arts 2023-2028 Strategic Plan

The College of Liberal Arts builds a richer, more creative tomorrow through the rigorous study of human history, human expression, and the human mind. In the next five years, we will pivot towards the knowledge economies of the future.

In the next five years, we will pivot towards the knowledge economies of the future. Today's students will chart their professional paths in a wider variety of fields than ever before, including many that don't yet exist. They seek an education that universities of the past could not have envisioned. We must meet their aspirations. CLA will be a bridge-builder, elevating collaborative opportunities and amplifying the visibility of innovative research and creative work.

We will integrate the arts in research disciplines across the University. We will create globally-relevant opportunities for all students, including those who cannot physically travel abroad. We will prioritize new technologies and pathways for student learning. The College of Liberal Arts will lead Oregon State University as a model of higher education for the public good.

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The College of Liberal Arts is the proud academic home of 5,026 students. With 1 faculty member for every 15 undergraduate students, you'll receive a personalized education paired with a robust liberal arts college experience.



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Our dynamic, intellectual community of 336 expert faculty tackle the world’s biggest issues from social justice to food insecurity. They conduct symphonies and design in virtual reality. They study the past to forge solutions for the future.

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CLA is the only college at Oregon State that guarantees you'll graduate in 4 years. Our graduates go on to successful careers in medicine, technology, the arts, media, law, policy, education, business and more. Your path is wide open.


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A transformative study abroad program in Nepal open to all students

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Geoff Barstow leads a interdisciplinary study abroad program to the Rangjung Yeshé Institute in Kathmandu

For many students, studying abroad can be a great opportunity to travel and explore different cultures around the globe, while at the same time still receiving the college credits needed to help complete their degrees. Although there are many different programs available to students who are looking to study abroad, a new philosophy-related program in Nepal uniquely stands out. Geoff Barstow, an associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, leads the annual study abroad program to Kathmandu, Nepal, each winter quarter. read more >


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Visionary Donations Funding our Future: PRAx

“The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts will serve as a unique and dynamic education and performance center and will be a showcase destination for the visual, musical, theater and cultural arts for students, faculty, campus visitors and Oregonians,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

A lead gift of $25 million for the complex has been provided by Patricia Reser. Additional gifts include a $2 million commitment from the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn to build a new 500-seat concert hall to offer a high-caliber venue for both listeners and performers, Rodgers said. The OSU Foundation continues to seek philanthropic support for the center, and OSU will also seek state bonding from the 2020 Oregon Legislature to help support the project. read more >

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