Taking Academics, Arts, and Community Forward – We are Ready for You!

We are excited to begin a new semester and academic year! Our faculty have worked diligently to offer a variety of online, hybrid, *and* face-to-face courses, and our staff are eager to support students as well. These decisions have been made with the unique needs of each degree program and its students in mind.

As we prepare to welcome everyone back to our community of learners both virtually and in person, please don't hesitate to contact us at 507.457.5017 or via email at cla@winona.edu.  Our college and department offices will post available contact times and methods; to contact individual departments in our college, please consult our department listing page. We are ready for you... just ask the many CLA faculty in this video!

Making Transfer Success Our Priority

WSU's College of Liberal Arts is a member of the Minnesota State Transfer Pathways initiative! View the programs included in the pathways.


WSU's Legal Studies Program is 5th in the Nation

See WSU's ranking as the 5th top Bachelor's Degree program in the country for Paralegal!


Common Book

WSU's Common Book this year is "Undocumented" by Dan-El Padilla Peralta. This book is a coming of age memoir detailing Dr. Padilla Peralta's immigrant journey from Santa Domingo to the U.S. through homelessness and cultural challenges to become a professor of Classics at Princeton University.  The text is being adopted in many sections of first-year English writing as well as in relevant classes across campus.

Why is WSU a "Destination Liberal Arts"?

You could pursue a degree in Liberal Arts at many other places. Why do we - and our faculty, staff and students - believe that WSU is truly a Destination Liberal Arts university?

Professional career readiness.

The faculty teaching in our college are fully degreed in their professions and are exceptionally well connected in their fields. Their knowledge and networking help our students prepare for careers after graduation in a wide variety of fields in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts.

Location, location, location.

Not only is our bluff-side/Mississippi River location beautiful, it is home to many festivals such as the Frozen River Film Festival, Midwest Music Festival, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, the Beethoven Festival, the Boats and Bluegrass Festival and many more. This offers our students fun and professional performance, internship and marketing opportunities (since many of our faculty work closely with festival planners and organizers).


Programs that help you be you.

The College of Liberal Arts at WSU supports the variety of choice that is possible through courses in language learning (Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish), specialized studies (including Ethnic, Film, Legal and Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies) and unique programs (Arts Administration, Conflict Studies, Gerontology and Music Business).

With 13 departments and 40 degree programs, we offer choices that make sense for your interests. And since many of our courses count in the General Education Program, graduating in four years - even with double majors or multiple minors - is a reality for our students.


Travel study and study abroad opportunities.

WSU has a strong and successful program in international studies, supporting both travel study programs (WSU courses taken through international and domestic travel) and study abroad (living away for a semester and taking courses to transfer back to your major). Visit "Faculty-led Travel Programs" to see the life-changing experiences of our graduates.

Unparalleled opportunities for performance.

At WSU, you do not have to be a major in the performing arts to participate in many different black box and main stage productions, concerts and dance performances - you simply audition. This is a terrific way to continue the performance work you loved before coming to WSU!

Here, students are highly engaged in and committed to academics, arts and community in local, regional and global settings. Our faculty believe passionately in public dialogue, community outreach, meaningful scholarship and action learning to guide our students in this work.