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College of Arts and Letters Mission Statement Approved by the College of Arts and Letters Chairs Council, December 2023

The College of Arts and Letters is a community of learning, passionately committed to improving the lives of students and the world, and investigating the human condition through creating, sharing, and applying knowledge.

Dean's Message to Students

Welcome to the College of Arts and Letters at Idaho State University! We are excited to have you on our campus, or considering our college in the future!

The College of Arts and Letters is the largest college at ISU. We offer more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs in various departments including languages, theatre, communication, theatre, anthropology and criminal justice.

We are dedicated to providing our students with a quality education in the fine arts, humanities and social and behavioral sciences with our programs and state-of-the-art facilities.

As a college, we pride ourselves in giving students real world experiences and opportunities to help them in their future career.

Each of our programs is doing something to enhance our students' educations. For example, In psychology, we currently offer two Ph.D. programs, and an on-site training clinic, which is the only one in Idaho! Every year, hundreds of students get the opportunity to perform in our world-class Stephens Performing Arts Center, which was named the fourth best performing arts center in the country by bestvalueschools.com in 2014. Our political science and history departments are collaborating with the Pocatello community to study the impact of society on the Portneuf River Watershed.

The College of Arts and Letters has so much to offer our students, and I encourage you to seek out the opportunities we can offer you here.

We would love to have you on our campus to take a tour and see everything that we can offer you. To set up a visit, or ask any questions please contact our office at (208) 282-3204 or cal@isu.edu.

We wish you the very best for the future!

Kandi Turley-­Ames, Dean
Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters