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The second-oldest academic unit at Alabama State University, the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (C.L.A.S.S) is guided by Dr. Anthony T. Adams, Dean. He leads an experienced and dynamic faculty of educators and researchers who are ready to serve as your teachers and mentors. As a C.L.A.S.S student, you will benefit from cutting-edge knowledge, the latest research technologies, and hands-on applied experiences. Further, you will have the opportunity to help improve the local community while preparing for your career.

The College offers undergraduate degrees in Communications, Criminal Justice, English, History, Political Science, and Social Work. Please see below, or the upper left-hand column, for links to the aforementioned academic programs

Welcome to the College. We hope to be of assistance in guiding you to your professional future.

ASU Academic Calendar for Spring 2015-2016

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Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
History & Political Science
Languages & Literatures
Social Work

Research and Creative Activity Symposium 2017 | Accepting Proposals

The Research and Creative Activity Symposium of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at Alabama State University is now ready to accept proposals for the 2017 symposium (October 17th and 18th). The deadline for proposal submissions is April 7th. Since the deadline is early, we encourage faculty to solicit proposals from students who are currently working on research projects this semester. The rules for proposal submission are on the submission forms; please read the forms before submitting. Some highlights of the rules:

  • Faculty members may mentor a maximum of three poster contest entries
  • all student entries must be accompanied by contact information for a faculty mentor who will be the sole point of contact for that entry
  • RCAS accepts proposals for individual papers/readings AND proposals for sessions of 2-3 papers/readings
  • RCAS discussion panels are now capped at a maximum of four panelists
  • There is now a separate proposal form for entries in the undergraduate student poster competition

If you have any questions, please contact Harrison Taylor ( or John Craig ( PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT TEST OR DEMONSTRATION PROPOSALS. For the submission of proposals, please visit the RCAS tab which can be found on the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ web page.

Welcome to the CLASS Dispatch, Spring-2017 | Third Edition | Digital Newsletter!



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The Public Relations Committee of Alabama State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is proud to publish its third edition of the digital newsletter, the CLASS Dispatch. The Dispatch will be published annually in the Spring Edition. The Dispatch aims to highlight the College’s dynamism and commitment to academic research, student achievement, student and faculty academic perspectives, and community engagement. The third edition features a range of CLASS-sponsored and CLASS-affiliated programs, conferences. The third edition importantly highlights ASU’s sesquicentennial celebration and news broadcast. If you wish to contribute items to the Spring-2018 edition of the Dispatch – faculty publications, student accomplishments, or upcoming College-relevant events – please be sure to reply to forthcoming PR Committee announcements. The PR Committee looks forward to working on future editions of this newsletter and wishes to extend its gratitude all of the contributors to the third edition of the Dispatch. If you have any questions or concerns about the above information, please contact the Chair of the CLASS Public Relations Committee.

Outgoing Public Relation Committee Chair,
Dr. Ram Alagan | 334-229-8535


Dean’s Faculty Teaching Release Program (FTRP):  FTRP, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

The ASU faculty release program for research and creative activities provides opportunities for faculty to conduct pilot studies, complete ongoing projects, pursue extramural funding or engage in creative expression. Each year the dean’s office will establish course release priorities. This year highest priority will be given to applicants who pursue projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. April 24, 2015, is the deadline for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 participants. Faculty may request release time for either the Fall or Spring semester. Applicants will receive notification letters by Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Please click the following weblinks to access the application for Faculty Teaching Release Program

1. Faculty Teaching Release Program (Word Format)
2. Faculty Teaching Release Program (PDF Format)

Anthony Troy Adams, Ph.D.,
Professor of Sociology and Dean

CLASS | Research & Creative Activities Symposium | 2015
"Breaking the Line, Marching Forward"

This year marked the third year of the “reboot” of Alabama State University’s Research and Creative Activity Symposium. The symposium got off to a very good start with Dr. Jacqueline Trimble’s presentation on the HBCU’s in providing spaces for black people to lead, to grow, to learn and to find refuge from the world that all too often denies them the simple human dignity of personhood. That evening we had the good fortune to hear Prof. Samuel Freedman, New York Times Columnist and Columbia University journalism professor, who traveled to ASU to present his lecture, Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights. Over the course of the two days, we heard numerous presentations from faculty, students, and guests. Several sessions were particularly well-attended. Among these were the panel on “Global Challenges to Women’s Health,” fiction readings by two of our advanced undergraduates, Jarred Thompson and Jumi Ekunseitan, and a very informative panel discussion by current and former members of the ASU LGBTQ student group Amplified. Former Miss ASU, Foluso Oluade, returned from her graduate studies at the University of North Texas to present her research on media representations of Nicki Minaj. She shared her session with senior honors student Amram Gainer, who discussed race and representation in video-game culture. Earlier, Mr. Gainer had appeared on WVAS-TV to promote the RCAS.  


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CLASS | Research & Creative Activities Symposium | 2014
"Exploring the Possibilities and Focusing on the Future"

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU proudly presented the 2nd annual Research and Creative Symposium on 28th to 29th October 2014. All sessions will be held in the J. Garrick Hardy Student Center on the ASU campus. Concurrent sessions will take place in the theater and conference ballrooms (A, B, and C).

The keynote speaker for the plenary session for this year’s symposium is President  Gwendolyn E. Boyd. Please join us for this opening session of the conference on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014.  Registration for the conference will begin at 8:00 am and the plenary session is scheduled from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Immediately following the plenary session, we invite you to browse the impressive display of student poster presentations in the 2nd-floor lobby and ballroom B.  Come witness the creativity and scholarship of ASU students. We hope you will enjoy these presentations which address timely topics of local, regional and global interest.

In addition to the poster display, the 2nd-floor lobby and ballroom B will offer a book exhibit. Both regional and national publishers will be on-hand. The book exhibit will also showcase the publications of faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  Come browse new titles in the liberal arts and social sciences and admire the scholarly work of our colleagues.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the symposium.

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Upcoming Conferences

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C.L.A.S.S Research & Creative Activities Symposium
4th Annual Conference
October 17th and 18th 2017
Alabama State University
Montgomery, Alabama


Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers
The 72nd Annual SEDAAG Meeting will be held November 19-20, 2017, at The Mill at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.


Southern Political Science Association
The 2018 Conference will be held January 4-6 at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency.

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Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
The 2016 Annual Conference
October 5-7, 2017
Cleveland Airport Marriott
4277 West 150th St., Cleveland, OH 44135


Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association
February 22-23, 2018
Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama
Theme: Tackling Southern U.S. Social Issues through Interdisciplinary Lens




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