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Mission, Place, Approach

Mission

The mission of the School of Liberal Arts is to nurture and promote innovative scholarship, transformative research, and creative inquiry within the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Based on a distinctive vision comprised of our interdisciplinary approach, dedication to place-based creativity, and commitment to service learning, the school provides students with an outstanding education founded on close working relationships with distinguished faculty. In our belief in interdisciplinary inquiry, our faculty members reach beyond traditional academic boundaries; in our dedication to place-based learning, we engage with New Orleans and the greater Gulf region; in our pursuit of social innovation, we foster a life-long enthusiasm for service to the community and the world.

Distinctive Competencies

As a liberal arts school, we are committed to the shared values of the liberal arts. Our students have a strong grounding in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. By learning to write, communicate, and analyze, they develop skills in research and inquiry that prepare them for future challenges and opportunities. Our faculty members are leaders in their respective fields and take that knowledge and enthusiasm into the classroom.

At the same time, we also believe that the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane has a distinctive vision dictated by three important factors:

  1. Place: We are uniquely situated in New Orleans and the Gulf South, and serve as a gateway to Latin America.
  2. Approach: Beyond segregated departments and programs, we are committed to integrated discovery through cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches that lead to innovative teaching and research.
  3. Mission: We are dedicated to academic public service and social innovation that enriches the education of our students, the research of our faculty, and the quality of life in our community.

Emerging Strengths

Based on the current and emerging strengths across departments, programs, and centers in teaching, research, and service, as well as student interest, the School of Liberal Arts has selected four multi- and interdisciplinary themes for particular focus in the next decade. While supporting faculty, programs, and centers throughout the school, we envision that with planning, fundraising, and resource allocation, SLA will continue to be, or will become, a leader in the following four areas:

  • Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Gulf South Culture
  • Global Latin America
  • Crises and Innovations