As a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences you will learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems, skills that will prepare you for careers, leadership and engaged citizenship.

Whether you want to make a difference in your community, explore other cultures, or discover solutions to global and community issues, we have the place for you and the faculty to help guide you. 

Our alums apply their skills to a diverse set of careers and graduate degrees and include teachers, lawyers, politicians, social workers, counselors, writers, curators, researchers and consultants, to name a few.

Scroll down or select the links below to view information about each of our programs:


Anthropology is the study of people through time and space. You’ll study archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology and applied anthropology. You’ll gain hands-on experience that will set you apart when searching for a career.

Cultural and Global Studies

We are all citizens of a global community. The tremendous cultural diversity in American society and the world beyond demands that people in an ever-growing range of careers have the knowledge and communication skills to navigate cultural differences.


Twenty-first century employers cite empathy, critical thinking, and strong writing skills as key to career success. The study of English increases our ability to think and write critically and creatively about the world, to better understand cultural differences, and to promote social justice. English is the practical degree: versatile, marketable, transformative.


Are you planning to work for international corporations, such as Siemens, Bosch, Ford, VW, Bayer or Daimler? As a student in CMU’s German program, you will acquire the necessary language skills in German and encounter the deep and diverse German culture and history.


Understanding the political, cultural, social and economic life of past civilizations deepens our understanding of the present. By pursuing a major or minor in history, you’ll develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, research, writing and analytical skills that employers want—and the world needs.

Museum Studies

The interdisciplinary Museum Studies minor will prepare you for a career in the museum field. You’ll plan and install exhibits, prepare public education programs and care for museum collections through on-campus cultural facilities and internship opportunities.

Certified Nonprofit Professional

The Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential is the only national nonprofit credential preparing students (undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate) for careers in nonprofit management. Due to the unique combination of classroom training, practical experience and leadership activities, CNPs get hired and rise more quickly in their organizations.


Philosophers think critically about fundamental questions such as: Is there objective truth, or is everything just relative? Do we have free will? Is the mind or soul more than the brain? Is morality a matter of opinion? Studying philosophy is a great way to develop marketable skills in critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective writing. Explore the philosophy website to find out what CMU graduates have said about the value of studying philosophy, learn more about the benefits of studying philosophy, and find a guide to choosing your courses!

Political Science & International Relations

The Department of Political Science & Public Administration offers three majors: Political Science, International Relations, and Public and Nonprofit Administration. All students will develop analytic and deliberative skills that will prepare them to become engaged citizens in a pluralistic, global society. They will learn to think critically, write well, and speak with confidence. Students also are exposed to a variety of methods of examining information.


The pre-law program offers students hands-on training and classroom preparation to enter law school or a law-related graduate program. Preprofessional studies, including the pre-law program, are not majors or minors at CMU. They are designed to prepare students for further study by enhancing necessary academic skills while completing an undergraduate major.

Public and Nonprofit Administration

Master the public service leadership and management skills needed to succeed in a career in public & nonprofit administration. With this degree, students will learn the necessary skills in human resources, public budgeting, leadership, public policy analysis, engaging stakeholders, and employee motivation that make administrators and leaders successful in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. By understanding the many factors that influence behavior, studying psychology helps you to understand, appreciate, and predict behavior. You’ll conduct cutting-edge research and receive applied training in laboratories, clinics and centers.


Explore worldviews, belief systems, moral codes, rituals, and forms of community across cultures. Work closely with faculty who are experts in Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Biblical studies, and religion in America.

Social Work

The Social Work program will prepare you to be a generalist social worker. You’ll learn how to understand people’s behavior and how they are affected by the world around them. You’ll also learn skills such as effective listening and how to tackle social injustice, in order to partner with people in solving their problems.


Learn to understand social justice, inequality and diversity and the application of research to solve real world problems. Our faculty promote critical, data-driven approaches for addressing social issues.

Sociology: Social and Criminal Justice


The Sociology major with a concentration in Social and Criminal Justice leads to careers supporting innovations in offender accountability and rehabilitation, meeting the needs of victims, and supporting community efforts to promote safety, security and conflict resolution.

Women and Gender Studies

Gender identity organizes our lives, defining the roles we are expected to fulfill and who we are expected to become at home and in the workplace. Built around a commitment to social justice, our program offers students the opportunity to examine intersections of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, class, and nationality, and to design a career path that combines knowledge of oppression and social inequality with valuable critical thinking, advocacy, communication, and problem solving skills.

World Languages

Fluency in a second language will put you a step ahead in today’s culturally diverse world. Our programs prepare students for careers in domestic and international businesses and organizations and graduate study in a variety of fields. Students often combine a world language with other academic disciplines.