The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Building at Night

32 Majors - 125 Scholarships
Students who live on campus pay in-state tuition!
Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
East Central University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences takes a student-centered approach inside and outside of the classroom, providing quality instruction and producing research and creative work that enriches our academic disciplines, our communities, and the lives of our students.

Grounded in tradition, embracing the present, excited about the future!
We teach the traditional liberal arts and social science disciplines of art, communication, English, history, music, political science, sociology and theater along with applied programs in counseling, criminal justice, legal studies, mass communication, services to the deaf, social work, and water resource management. We also offer an interdisciplinary program in Native American studies and a general studies program designed to serve adult learners.

Come meet our faculty
Our faculty are teachers, scholars, musicians and artists with national and international reputations who are completely dedicated to the students at East Central University.

Why do we do it?
We are passionate about our work. We know that while we prepare students for careers, in liberal arts and social science classes they discover how they can contribute to our diverse and complicated world, understand new perspectives, and learn to innovate. We educate tomorrow’s leaders.

Proud to serve our community and our region
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences hosts events and programs all year long. To name just a few, these include the Chickasaw Nation’s Arts Academy, Law Day, the Little Dixie Choral Contest, and the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. We are home to the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery, and our Water Resource and Policy Management students and faculty monitor creeks and streams for water quality. Check out our website to learn more about these and other activities.

Have you seen our Fine Arts Center?!?

No Kidding! With the help of generous donations we built a state-of-the-art fine arts center the size of a city block! Our artists work in every medium you can think of and our musicians and actors perform in spaces you rarely see on a campus this size. Ataloa Theatre seats more than 1,000 people! If you’re into the arts, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at ECU should be your destination.

Little Texas performs at ECU Centennial Plaza - Ada Fest 2017
ECU Alumnus Dwayne O'Brien (left) performs with Little Texas in front of the
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center on the "Centennial Plaza" at Ada Fest 2017.

Visit our Departments and Meet our Students
Click on links below:

CLASS Viewbook - CLASS YouTube Video
Fine Arts Viewbook - Fine Arts YouTube Video

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If you are a student interested in joining us, or a parent wondering whether we’re the right choice for your son or daughter, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us for more information at

Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!
If you are an alumnus or alumna or a community member who loves the liberal arts and social sciences, now is a great time to get more involved. We’d like to hear what you’re doing. Let’s work together to ensure a successful future for our students.


Thanks for your interest in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences!

We would love the opportunity to introduce you to our outstanding CLASS faculty and programs and help you take the first steps in becoming a student at East Central University. Please call, come by, or email us today!

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
East Central University
1100 E. 14th St.
Ada, Oklahoma 74820-6999

  • Kate Lang
    Dean , Professor
    Faust Hall 140

  • F. Bradley Jessop
    Chair , Director
    Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 134

  • Janet Alexander
    Dean's Secretary,
    Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 134

  • Sarah Garcia
    Dean's Secretary,
    Faust Hall 141