School of Humanities and Sciences

Leslie W. Lewis, Dean

Kathy Lucas, Assistant Dean

Stacia E. Zabusky, Associate Dean

For full faculty listing, see Faculty and Administration.

Introduction

Education in the School of Humanities and Sciences prepares students for life in a rapidly changing, multicultural, and globally inclusive world. Liberal arts programs of study are designed so that students develop intellectual flexibility, critical literacies, and the ability to integrate learning and socially responsible action. Academic programs within the school also prepare students for successful careers in the professions, public service, teaching, business and industry, theatre, and the fine arts. The bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of fine arts degree programs are excellent preparation for professional and graduate study.

Opportunities within the School of Humanities and Sciences are many. Through formal courses and field studies students develop an understanding and appreciation of the historical antecedents of current social problems and engage in direct study of current social issues. In the science laboratory, on the stage, or in independent study and research, students put theory into practice. Emphasis is also placed on developing an understanding of personal and human values as reflected in literature, history, art, and philosophy.

In summary, the goal of the School of Humanities and Sciences is liberal education that encourages students to seek facts, approach problems rationally, and respond logically, sensitively, and creatively to themselves and others and to the world around them.

Vision

The School of Humanities and Sciences strives to advance the study and practice of the liberal arts as the dynamic core of our comprehensive college. We foster creative expression and critical thinking, support collaboration among disciplines and between faculty and students, and integrate scholastic excellence, disciplinary training, and civic engagement.

Mission

The School of Humanities and Sciences promotes the reasoned exchange and responsible application of disciplinary knowledge within a global society. Recognizing the endurance and relevance of the liberal arts, our diverse academic programs integrate theory and practice to address the emerging demands of our changing world. As scholars, artists, and mentors, our faculty provide an immersive learning environment grounded in dialogue and collaboration and cultivating in students the critical thinking and personal integrity necessary for academic, professional, and civic life.

Because experience tempers knowledge, we encourage our students to learn both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to disciplinary instruction and practice, we offer pedagogically meaningful curricular and cocurricular activities, such as community-based learning initiatives and professional internships. These activities embody our belief that the arts and sciences belong to and serve the greater community and that self-reflection and intellectual advancement should lead to concrete actions that benefit humanity.

Knowledge put into practice generates informed citizenship, global awareness, and social investment. The School of Humanities and Sciences prepares students to lead productive and fulfilled lives while working toward a just and sustainable world.

Majors in H&S

The following majors are offered by the departments and interdisciplinary programs of the School of Humanities and Sciences:

Aging Studies (B.A., B.S.)

Anthropology (B.A.)

Architectural Studies (B.A.)

Art (B.A., B.F.A.)

Art Education (B.A.)

Art History (B.A.)

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Biology (B.A., B.S.)

Biology with Teaching Option (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)

Chemistry with Teaching Option (B.A., B.S.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Science (B.A., B.S.)

Culture and Communication (B.A.)

Economics (B.A.)

Applied Economics (B.S.)

Emerging Media (B.S.)

English (B.A.)

English with Teaching Option (B.A.)

Environmental Science (B.S.)

Environmental Studies (B.A.)

French and Francophone Studies (B.A.)

French with Teaching Option (B.A.)

German Area Studies (B.A.)

German with Teaching Option (B.A.)

History (B.A.)

Italian Studies (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics with Teaching Option (B.A.)

Mathematics-Computer Science (B.S.)

Mathematics-Computer Science with Teaching Option (B.S.)

Mathematics-Economics (B.A.)

Mathematics-Physics (B.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Philosophy and Religion (B.A.)

Physics (B.A., B.S.)

Physics with Teaching Option (B.A.)

Planned Studies (B.A., B.S.)

Politics (B.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Applied Psychology (B.S.)

Social Studies with Teaching Option (B.A.)

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish (B.A.)

Spanish with Teaching Option (B.A.)

Theatre Arts:

Acting (B.F.A.)

Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

Theatre Arts Management (B.S.)

Theatre Studies (B.A.)

Theatrical Production Arts (B.F.A.)

Writing (B.A.)

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