Dean's Letter

A headshot of BCLA Dean Robbin D. Crabtree
Robbin D. Crabtree, Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University

The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts is at the heart of LMU’s commitment to the education of the whole person in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. The liberal arts promote learning for learning’s sake, historical perspective, critical thinking and communication skills, global and diversity awareness, along with a passion for a faith that does justice. In BCLA, we seek to reinforce and amplify the importance of a well-rounded education for all LMU students in service to the world in which we live.

BCLA is home to world-renowned faculty who are leading scholars in their respective fields and our students benefit from the teacher-scholar model whereby our faculty combine research and thought-leadership with excellence in teaching and mentoring. Because we believe that transformative learning is prompted and nurtured by personal interactions and experiences, our students and faculty work collaboratively in the classroom, in the field, and in the community. Through interdisciplinary study, applied projects, internships, research, creative writing and digital storytelling, and immersion in global and local communities, BCLA is preparing students to lead lives of purpose and meaning, who commit to using their gifts to address real-world problems.

As evidenced by the student and faculty profiles in this publication, there has never been a more exciting time to study the liberal arts at LMU. BCLA will continue to harness the synergies between intellectual tradition and academic innovation by integrating experiential learning into our humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary degree programs. An LMU education with a focus in the liberal arts provides graduates with the intellectual capacity and differentiating skillset required to succeed and endure in a fast-changing, complex, and global world, with the ability to interpret deeply and contribute creatively wherever they go. Indeed, our signature breadth of education, coupled with an array of enriching and empowering active learning experiences, prepares students for the workplace in ways increasingly valued and prioritized by employers across all sectors of the economy and in public life.

We invite you to let the liberal arts nourish your mind, heart, and soul, and thank you for being a part of our thriving community.

With gratitude,

Robbin D. Crabtree,
Dean, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Loyola Marymount University