Message from the Dean

Dr. Maurice A. Lee, Dean

As Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), I want to thank you for your interest in the University of Central Arkansas – where students are front and center. I am excited that you are considering a major in our college. I believe you will find that we offer some of the strongest programs available at UCA.

The academic experience in CLA rivals that of any prestigious, small liberal arts college with faculty who are passionate about teaching students, and who are experts in their chosen field – engaging undergraduates in related activities such as conducting research; presenting at regional, national and international conferences; and co-publishing with faculty mentors. Classes are relatively small, and interactions with professors both inside and outside the classroom foster a rich learning environment. Within this context, CLA provides options only found at large universities, but within a small liberal arts environment. Opportunities available to our undergraduates include a range of courses with unique areas of specialization, academic-focused clubs and organizations, study abroad, internships or practica, as well as community service related to your program of study. We offer a one-of-a-kind living and learning experience through EDGE Residential College at State Hall designed to prepare you for a career in your chosen profession and graduate school.

The CLA EDGE Plan is designed to prepare students for global engagement through courses such as international relations, comparative politics, languages and literatures from across the world, Asian philosophy and religion, geography of Russia and of Pacific Asia, modern Japan, and the Islamic Middle East. These courses broaden cultural perspectives and prepare our students to interact and compete professionally in an increasingly globalized world. Visit our website for more information about the exceptional opportunities available to you in the College of Liberal Arts.

Again, I am delighted that you are considering the University of Central Arkansas and the College of Liberal Arts. I hope to see you on campus soon!


Dr. Maurice A. Lee
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
University of Central Arkansas