Liberal Arts & Education Department

Learning how to think critically, share knowledge, and work with others are three very important components of any career. The more you learn, the more you can learn. Knowledge builds upon knowledge. At the U of M, Crookston we’ll help you acquire and deepen the foundations of your knowledge and gain a better understanding of individual and social behavior. Through the majors we offer, we’ll help you develop an appreciation for learning so you’re equipped to make a real difference.

Welcome from the Department Head 

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Liberal Arts and Education department I welcome you to our webpage and encourage you to review its content. Our faculty and staff are a talented community of teachers and scholars, engaged with their students, engaged in their disciplines and committed to providing all UMC students are strong foundation in the Liberal Arts. I encourage you to see a sample of our department's recent research and scholarship.

Our department also is home to our Teacher Education Unit which prepares students for teacher licensure and careers as Early Childhood Education professionals. We are also home to the only Criminal Justice program in the University of Minnesota System. Take a moment to review the information regarding our department’s programs in Communication and Applied Studies in addition to Early Childhood Education and Criminal Justice. I think you will find that our department provides a supportive environment for undergraduate research, curiosity, critical thinking and student success! 

Jack M. Geller, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head


Upcoming Department Events

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre - open to the public, $5 for adults, $3 for students, free for UMC students
Oct 11, 2014 - 07:30 PM

Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2015
May 09, 2015 - 02:00 PM



Liberal Arts & Education Department in the News

Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the U of M Crookston
In celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, there will be a program that honors his life at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The program, which takes place in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, begins...



Department Updates

Rachel McCoppin receives 2013 Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award
We are very pleased to announce that Rachel McCoppin has been selected as one of seven 2013 Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award winners for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. This award is the highest honor the University of Minnesota bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate teaching and with this award comes membership into the University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The Liberal Arts and Education Department now has two members of the ADT!



Department Meeting Minutes

All minutes below are in PDF format (PDF Icon). 

August 19, 2014 - LAE Dept Minutes
April 10, 2014 - LAE Dept Minutes
March 27, 2014 - LAE Dept Minutes
March 13, 2014 - LAE Dept Minutes
February 13, 2014 - LAE Dept Minutes
January 23, 2014 - LAE Dept Minutes
December 12, 2013 - LAE Dept Minutes
November 26, 2013 - LAE Dept Minutes
November 14, 2013 - LAE Dept Minutes
October 10, 2013 - LAE Dept Minutes
September 12, 2013 - LAE Dept Minutes
August 20, 2013 - LAE Dept Minutes

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