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College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

The Liberal Arts Foundation at Southwest Minnesota State University

Southwest Minnesota State University provides an education that not only readies students for meaningful employment after graduation, but also prepares them for change and growth across their personal and professional lives. 

Did You Know?

On average, recent college graduates will hold 4 different jobs within the first 10 years after graduation!  Job mobility is the new normal, and it creates an environment that rewards people who have skills useful in any industry or job climate.  These skills include

  • analytical and critical thinking,
  • written and oral communication,
  • reading and math competence,
  • global perspective, and
  • problem solving.

These are the skills valued by employers, and they are the skills developed and refined by the liberal education offered at Southwest Minnesota State University. 

Liberal Education at SMSU

The College of Arts, Letters and Sciences is home to disciplines that contribute to a student’s liberal education and that offer almost all courses that meet the learning outcomes of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.  The academic programs in the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences also offer majors that lead to a variety of careers, and a minor from a discipline in the liberal arts pairs extremely well with any major, including applied programs of study. The Honors Program and the McFarland Library are also housed in the College.  Explore our programs by clicking the “College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences” tab on the sidebar to the right.

You are in a privileged position to be attending a public university that values liberal education. Please take full advantage of your time at Southwest Minnesota State University by enrolling in courses that interest you and that help strengthen those skills that will last you a lifetime!


Dr. Aimee Shouse is the Dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, and has served in this role since arriving at SMSU in July of 2017.  Shouse received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, where she studied the influence of interest group politics in congressional policy making.  Prior to coming to Southwest Minnesota State University, she was at Western Illinois University, serving as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science, chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, and Program Director for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, including minors in African American Studies, Religious Studies, and Women’s Studies.  It is her hope to use her experience working across a variety of programs in her role as dean, and to educate students about the many opportunities a degree in the liberal arts can provide.
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