College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

At the Heart of the Avila Education

As an integral and significant component of Avila University, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences promotes and strives for academic excellence. The College furthers the mission of Avila University and enhances the liberal arts through its commitment to diversity, critical thinking and analysis of literature, the performing arts, and philosophical and religious thought.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences serves the entire student population through its contributions to the core curriculum. In addition, it prepares students majoring in the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to be leaders in their careers. Through its focus on the whole person through self-expression, ethical considerations, and the history of ideas, the College both prepares students for specific careers and enriches their lives by fostering life-long learning in a complex world.

Professor Charlene Gould at the podium at the Goppert Performing Arts Center

“The different disciplines that form the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences work together to give students a personal and participatory learning environment. We are not just talk — our integrative learning style is active, allowing students to directly apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to the real world. Come be a part of our college and experience the best of an undergraduate academic and professional education.” — Charlene Gould, Ph.D., dean (retired) of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

School of Humanities

Avila’s School of Humanities encompasses the departments of English, History, and Religious Studies & Philosophy. Here you’ll also find minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, Global Studies, and Social Justice, as well as a certificate in Writing & Rhetoric.
Our motto: Be Inspired. Be Human.

Department of English Home Page >>
Department of History Home Page >>
Department of Religious Studies & Philosophy Home Page >>

The Avila Singers perform inside Visitation Church

School of Performing Arts

The culture is owned by the students. From the front of the house, to the stage, to the behind-the-curtain scene-craft, your performing arts path through Avila will give you hands-on experience and opportunities to work as performing artists.

Department of Music Home Page >>
Department of Theatre Home Page >>

Two women and one man speak in a conference room.

School of Psychology & Cognitive Science

As an Avila psychology or cognitive science major, you will develop the critical reasoning, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, experiences, and research opportunities desired in a wide range of career areas.

Department of Psychology Home Page >>
Department of Cognitive Science Home Page >>

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School of Social Sciences

Discover a path with heart in either the Department of Criminology & Justice Studies or the Department of Social Work. Be the difference in your community and the world.

School of Social Sciences >>
Department of Criminology & Justice Studies Home Page >>
Department of Social Work Home Page >>

“My experiences at Avila prepared me for the working world. I feel a sense of control in everything that I communicate both in writing and speaking because I have been taught by insightful, master professors.”

Max Williams ’15, English B.A.


Tamela Schroer, Office Manager – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
P: 816-501-3689 / E:

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