Researching in the field at digs from Southern Illinois to South America to Micronesia, CAI archaeologists and the students who assist them bring the latest technology to the preservation and understanding of the physical record of the past. CAI also maintains an artifact collection for teaching and cultural preservation.
Research. It's how discoveries are made. It's how we as a College contribute to the University's academic status as a top tier research university. And it's part of how we contribute to the communities around us. Our research and resource centers complement our academic departments by providing students with opportunities for research and hands-on learning in specific fields.
The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) is part of the SIU Department of Linguistics and is staffed by members of the University faculty on the Carbondale campus. The intensive English language program at CESL is open to prospective University students, professional people, and others who want to learn English as a second language.
Our museum houses gallery and exhibit space for items from the University's extensive permanent collection, traveling exhibits, current exhibits featuring students and faculty, and teaching space using art and artifact. The museum hosts special events and frequent workshops open to the public. CoLA also offers a minor in Museum Studies.
The Phenomenology Research Center in the Department of Philosophy hosts weekly workshops and seminars, and provides research mentorship and thesis support. Visiting scholars from universities around the world contribute to this community of exploratory thinkers, open to the whole University -- not just philosophy majors.
The School of Music has a strong tradition of fostering music composition. This center is part of that, focusing on the use of computer technology to create music, but also to preserve music composition and performance, and to aid in digital audio production. All composition students have free access to this center.