Here's what Liberal Arts for the 21st century looks like. Our first new academic building in 40 years, the three-story, 61,000 square-foot building houses the Departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Women and Gender Studies. Located on the south side of campus, to the east of Drake Memorial Library, the building features a tiered 200-seat auditorium, two 70-seat, divisible classrooms, three 35-seat classrooms, and two 25-seat seminar rooms. It also features a gallery that houses the E.E. Cummings collection, artist-made benches that features ashwood cleared from the building site, original artwork by regional artists, and exterior balconies. Special features such as a bio-retention pond, sun shading devices, bird friendly design applications, and furniture made from trees that were on the building site, helped the Liberal Arts Building earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.