Liberal Arts (CLA)
Empowering Change Agents.

We confront complex challenges creatively and responsibly.



The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is indispensable to Cal Poly.

Our emphasis on creative thinking, cultural expression, and innovative action empowers our graduates to confront complex challenges responsibly by understanding the historical, social, ethical, aesthetic, technological and philosophical complexities of global to local communities. Additionally, our scholarly expertise and leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion enhance and enrich the campus climate. The College of Liberal Arts produces change-makers poised to confront the complex challenges of today’s global society.


The campaign will bolster our vital programs, high-impact teaching practices, meaningful faculty-student collaborations, and influential scholarship and creative activity. The CLA will produce change agents equipped to innovate and inspire with the awareness, knowledge and skills required to create a robust, vibrant, diverse and inclusive culture that sustains progress, beauty and justice.




  • Increase access to financial aid and scholarships.
  • Invest in a Learn by Doing fund for experiential learning projects including internships, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research experiences and senior projects.
  • Enhance knowledge, awareness and skills in diversity and inclusion including support for strategic cohorts of new faculty, a network of mentoring, and a more inclusive campus climate.
  • Recruit and retain nationally- and internationally-recognized faculty to promote the teacher-scholar model, emphasizing faculty expertise and research as essential to successful teaching.
  • Renovate and build spaces that support hands-on learning and cutting-edge inquiry.
College of Liberal Arts Dean's Challenge.
Help unlock the CLA Dean's Challenge! Starting at noon, once 50 donors have given to any CLA fund, Dean Williams will give back $1,000 to CLA.
50 / 50 Gifts
Giving Leaderboard by # of Gifts
We are so excited and inspired by the number of alumni, parents and friends who are giving back to Cal Poly today! Thank you! These giving areas are in the lead by number of gifts made.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Engineering (CENG) 106
2 Liberal Arts (CLA) 78
3 Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) 52
4 Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) 46
5 Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) 41
6 Alumni Association 29
7 Student Affairs 22
8 Science & Mathematics (COSAM) 20
9 Athletics 16
10 Cal Poly Fund 13
11 Poly Reps 13
12 Scholarships 11
13 Cross Cultural Center 11
14 Spur Change Projects 10
15 Pride Center 9
16 Ambassador Picks 6
17 Cal Poly Cat Program 4
18 Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 3
19 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic 3
20 Parent Fund 2
21 International Programs 2
22 Kennedy Library 2
23 Open House 1
Giving Leaderboard by $ Raised
Wow! Our Poly Gives donors are so generous and we couldn't be more grateful! These giving areas are in the lead by amount of dollars raised.
Rank Department Raised
1 Engineering (CENG) $17,598.00
2 Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) $9,976.00
3 Liberal Arts (CLA) $8,347.00
4 Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) $6,555.00
5 Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) $5,780.00
6 Science & Mathematics (COSAM) $4,925.00
7 Alumni Association $4,901.00
8 Athletics $3,425.00
9 Student Affairs $2,385.00
10 Cal Poly Fund $1,670.00
11 Spur Change Projects $1,325.00
12 Scholarships $825.00
13 Poly Reps $795.00
14 Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship $545.00
15 Cross Cultural Center $405.00
16 Pride Center $400.00
17 Cal Poly Cat Program $250.00
18 Parent Fund $200.00
19 Ambassador Picks $191.00
20 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic $150.00
21 International Programs $75.00
22 Kennedy Library $50.00
23 Open House $10.00
Don't forget to share!

Questions? See our FAQ.

Or you can contact us at