A Welcome Message from Liberia College Dean to Students as Classes Resume Wednesday

Dear Students:

Prof. Josephus M. Gray, Ph.D.

Congratulations for choosing Liberia College (College of Social Sciences and Humanities), and welcome! You are home. Liberia College is the best place to find yourself; make your stay confortable and great.  My staff and I had the pleasure of helping with move-in and it represents some of what we love so much about Liberia College.

     At the college, we treat our work with enthusiasm; the warmth, the careful planning and celebrations, the numerous achievements of our distinguished faculty, outstanding students and hardworking staffs, especially, the efforts of so many people coming together simply to help other people who need it. That sense of community is a part of what makes Liberia College special. Our students represent the beacon of light shining our path toward this remarkable goal. Our chairpersons and faculty are intellectually equipped and standout to be among the best academics in our country.

    As Dean of the College, I am responsible for a plethora of academic and co-curricular resources and administrative offices that usher our students from admission to graduation. I oversee the academic quality, standards, and policies of the college’s undergraduate education in and out of the classroom.  We had another momentous year at Liberia College. As you know, we welcomed new faculty and students at the beginning of every semester. In keeping with that tradition, we want to formally thanks and welcome the President of the University of Liberia Prof. Dr. Julius J.S. Nelson and his dedicated, committed team and astute leadership. Dr. Nelson outlined his priority for the university to become a preeminent, research-driven and global institution, as well as a producer of leaders for the present and future.

Seeks to Achieve Excellence

    The college seeks to achieve excellence levels of distinction in teaching and research by transmitting knowledge and understanding that are needed to transform the Liberian society and in the service of the world. The college is made up of vibrant faculty members that are well-trained and credited with tangible achievements.

     This agenda has served the College and its students well since 1862, and the canons behind that agenda have become an integral part of the philosophy of the University of Liberia. At the college, high premium is placed on academic freedom, and students receive a top quality education. Faculty and students are equally held in an orbit of high standard. Liberia College has flourished for over 158 years, and is widely regarded among Liberians as an academic powerhouse, among top colleges and universities in Liberia and also strives to be among the most innovative academic institutions in the world.

Dedicated and Committed Family

  The Liberia College family is your family, and it’s a dedicated and committed family of intellectuals and academics.  You will make friends here who will be a part of your life for a long time—and those friendships extend to those who have gone before and those who will come after. With commitment and dedication, we will do all we can to ensure your success. “We will do all we can to help you become whoever it is that you want to become–and I have no doubt that we’ll love the world that you will create through your actions and thoughts as members of our family.  Let me remind everyone that “being a real Liberia College student is about growing and changing and helping each other.

    We chose you because you met the enrollment requirement, and you showed us you are able and willing and ready. Importantly, every one of you has earned your place here. Don’t lose your nerve. It won’t always be easy but it will be great. You are now part of one of the most attractive undergraduate destinations at the University of Liberia and one of the most popular and cherished colleges in West Africa due to our proven record of academic excellence.

    Remember that admission to UL is a remarkable achievement, both for our students and for their families. Our faculty members are motivated to deliver quality teaching and carry out research in several areas, and we encourage students participation and engagement through their campus groups.

Distinctive Among the Others

     Indeed, the college is distinctive among the others in its commitment to undergraduate learning and teaching. Interestingly, the college is the largest in tern of academic departments in the University of Liberia. It has six efficient academic departments and several units supported by administrative set ups to meet student’s needs.  We believe that future generations must be able to learn from and teach one another, thereby to live. Our students represent the beacon of light shining our path toward this remarkable goal. We have achieved a remarkable degree of flexibility in the college, focused on delivering an outstanding education to all our students, and the community. We cultivate a different sort of student at the College: a dynamic leader and bold thinker empowered not just for one single moment, but for any moment in history. Welcome to Liberia College, University of Liberia! Every semester we receive large applications to enroll.

Transcends the Challenges of Times

     Liberia College transcends the challenges of our times; flexible and resilient enough, our school has long overcome the global instabilities of crisis and, indeed, the Ebola and COVID-19 pandemics. Likewise, our students were predestined for admission to the College. We believe our students embody the great moral purpose of higher education we should never forget: both to better our world today and to till the educational soil for tomorrow to able them contribute meaningfully. Without a doubt, the recent past has been a challenge not only for us but for the entire world. In due course, the annals of history will admire the perseverance of our current generation of students, recording their success as an extraordinary future lesson for those who will follow in their wake.

Our Location

     Liberia College is an interesting paradox. It’s a small, supportive community hosted in a single roof of Academic Complex of the University of Liberia.  It is just a place where you’ll soon know every face, but it sits at the heart of the university’s Fendall campus. We have one of Liberia’s most sophisticated campuses, the three-story beautiful structure hosts academics and administrators, and several classrooms, suited for teaching and learning It really is remarkable. The campus is literally surrounded by lush green rainforest. To us, it’s the best with a beautiful land scape, comfortable cloister, with access to every possible amenity.

Our Commitment

    The College remains driven by its commitment to societies and is dedicated to providing quality programs and degrees in a flexible and supportive environment. At the college, high premium is placed on academic freedom, and students receive a top quality education, while faculty and students are equally held in an orbit of high standard. The college remains committed to empowering its students with requisite knowledge and practical skills vital to achieving personal and professional success in the changing local and global communities. The campus is suited on a major highway and surrounded by friendly communities.

 Departments

    Currently, there are 15 academic departments and ten academic units in the college, eleven of which confer a 4-year Baccalaureate Degree in specialized field of studies. The degree granting departments are: English and Literature, French Studies, Social Work, Demography, Geography, Sociology, Criminology, History, Political Science, Communication and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies. The non-degree granting departments are: Physical Education and Sports, Social Science, Arts and Crafts, ROTC and Liberia Languages. The various departments and units have been merged to six to reflect the current dynamic across the world as higher education institutions (HEIs) recognized the fact that the world is changing very rapidly and increasingly.

Our Chairpersons

    Our chairpersons serve as the central column and are intellectually equipped and standout to be among the best academics in our country. They are well-trained and credited with tangible achievements.

Our Faculty

    Liberia College is highly respected due to our well skilled, renowned, professional and trained faculty. The quality of faculty at the institution is the primary reasons students choose to study here. We attract scholars at the cutting edge of their field, who are published authors, critical thinkers, passionate educators, and diligent scholars with reservoir of knowledge in their chosen disciplines. Our faculty comes with a commitment to work together, learn together, care for one another and mentor students.

 Specialized Disciplines

     Our students are allowed to decide which of the social sciences and humanities areas of studies to be specialized. Our graduates earnedBachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in the following disciplines: English, French, social work, Demography, Geography, Sociology, Criminology, History, Political Science, Communication and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Why Our College Is Great

    The college seeks to achieve excellence levels of distinction in teaching and research by transmitting knowledge and understanding that are needed to transform the Liberian society and in the service of the world. Our college is one of the most attractive undergraduate destinations at the University of Liberia and one of the most popular and cherished colleges in West Africa due to our proven record of academic excellence. The college is made up of vibrant faculty members that are well-trained and credited with tangible achievements

 Practical Research

   Liberia College has harmonized the various academic departments’ curricula and introduced standardized research methodology courses across the college. Students who successfully pass the research course are advanced for thesis writing. Thesis writing is a special requirement for students in the college to fulfill a 4-year Baccalaureate Degree Requirements to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree. Liberia College has withstood the test of time as one of the best colleges in the areas of academic excellence, research, quality teaching and creative thinking in which all scholarly works are cherished and promoted.

  Specialized Disciplines

     Our students are allowed to decide which of the social sciences and humanities areas of studies to be specialized. Our graduates earned Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in the following disciplines: English, French, social work, Demography, Geography, Sociology, Criminology, History, Political Science, Communication and Media Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies

   Our Graduates

    Our graduates are making tremendous contributions to societies across the international sphere with obvious outputs in numerous areas including human development, capacity building and national development.  Some went on to serve as president and vice presidents of the Republic of Liberia, Ministers, legislators, Ambassadors, Deputy Ministers, Commissioners, Heads of Public cooperation, Standard-bearers of Political Parties, and religious leaders. Political Scientists, Professors, Diplomats, Politicians, Military Officers, law Enforcement Officers, Policy-makers, Professional Journalists, Authors and Publishers, Research Fellows. Others fruitfully moved onward to become Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans and Academic Directors higher institutions of learning.

  Academic Excellence Accolade

    Consistent with the introduction of academic excellence award, annually students are recognized and received accolades for their outstanding academic outputs in their field of studies. The award serves as a motivation for students to commit to their studies and strive academic excellence.

  College Debate

    A flexible undergraduate degree structure is based on the student’s choice of subject specialism, high-quality teaching grounded in interaction and dialogue between teachers and students. We also encourage our students to engage into extra curriculum activities like holding debate among students on specific topics that impact the societies.

Our special designed courses

   Liberia College has a proud history of providing courses that help communities to grow and flourish, this focus on combining practical knowledge with quality learning and teaching. Our courses take a holistic, interdisciplinary approach, relevant to any professional direction. They are designed to push you academically, enrich your critical thinking, challenge your paradigms, and prepare you to live out your calling in the public sphere.

How to Enroll

   We welcome students from all professional and academic backgrounds to enjoy our under-graduate courses. Many of our students choose to enroll in one of our  a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students can take up to 15 credits for each of the eight academic semesters at the college. At the end of the final year, students are required to write a thesis and defend the research in front of an academic jury of five academics. In order to enroll at the college, candidates are usually required to write an entrance and placement exams and must make a successful pass.

Ways to Study

    There are so many ways to nurture your mind at Liberia College! Many of our students are enrolled in one of the various departments of  studies for personal enrichment, sharpening skills and exploring interests. Most courses are available for either credit or audit. There are lots of ways to study at the college. Join us on campus for a condensed course, visit the university’s home page at: www.ul.edu.lr and click on the link with Liberia College to enrich your mind with needed information.

Studying During Covid-19

    The college is strictly in adherence to the University of Liberia policy of blended learning in-person class and eLearning access to courses due to surge in COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that many students will be dealing with the aftereffects of the pandemic for some time. Whether starting studies from afar or finishing your last few credits, we are prepared to help you realize our dream for quality education. Our students voluntarily make decisions whether for in-person class and eLearning. Liberia College is committed to respond to shifting safety measures, and will continue to provide you with detailed updates regarding safety measures of the coronavirus. We valued our students and faculty.

    Finally, we renewed vigor and unflinching commitment to the ideals of the College, let all of us-faculty, staff and students work together to achieve noble heights. This is important as the University break new grounds in eLearning. Welcome! You are home!! Liberia College is the best place to find yourself.

Very truly,

Prof. Josephus M. Gray, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Dean

Liberia College (College of Social Sciences and Humanities)

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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