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Our Mission

The College of Arts and Letters offers a variety of academic programs that develop skills in written and oral communication and critical thinking while exploring the diversity and scope of the human experience with both undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty in the College provide instruction and training of superior quality in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences and produce innovative scholarship that advances knowledge. Through student and faculty collaborative endeavors, the College promotes opportunities for research and creative activities that investigate and enrich our shared cultural, economic, environmental, health, political, and social systems.

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