The College of Liberal Arts offers numerous hands-on, inquiry-based programs that encourage students to learn through research and creative experiences. While each of the nine COLA departments engages students in research, allowing them to participate in the creation of new knowledge and to build careers in advanced fields, some of our most creative programs truly set us apart.
Museum on the Move
Part of the public history concentration of the Department of History, Museum on the Move is a project in which history graduate students outfit a vintage Airstream trailer with an interpretive exhibit that hits the road to take history directly out of the classroom and to the public.
Recent exhibits have featured: Crossing the Line: Louisiana Women in a Century of Change and Drill, Baby, Drill? Oil in Louisiana.
Labs & Learning
Ten different labs provide research opportunities for undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology. Undergrads work alongside grad students and research faculty, probing cognition and psycholinguistics, health, emotion, anxiety and trauma, and the neurobiological roots of human behavior.
Housed in the Department of Political Science and open to students across the University, the Moot Court Program allows students to simulate Supreme Court arguments, acting as attorneys before panels of actual attorneys and judges. The Moot Court team excels in tournament competition and is currently ranked 5th in the nation. Students who participate develop outstanding public speaking and think-on-your-feet skills that will serve them well later in the courtroom, the statehouse, the boardroom, the corporate world, or a leadership position in any organization.