The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematics. Students in the college can choose a major or minor from almost 60 undergraduate programs, design their own courses of study, or enroll in integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. In addition, the college offers graduate programs in several fields where small size and special expertise allow it to make a distinctive contribution to advanced education and research.

The college is organized into 21 academic departments and several interdisciplinary programs and centers, including Childhood StudiesInternational StudiesEvolutionary BiologyHistory and Philosophy of Science, and Women’s Studies. Undergraduates as well as graduate students are encouraged to conduct independent research, in their chosen fields or related ones, within the college, in other units of the university, or in nearby medical and cultural institutions. The academic experience can extend into the community in the form of service-learning projects as well as internships in research institutions, businesses, cultural institutions, and governmental agencies.

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Dean Joy K. Ward begins a new chapter in the College

“I begin this journey with great hope and a strong sense of purpose. We are living in a moment when the value of scientific inquiry, humanistic understanding and artistic creativity could not be clearer, and when the task of providing our students with an outstanding education could not be more vital.”—Joy K. Ward, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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Distinguished University Professor Alan Rocke Receives International Honor

Alan Rocke, Distinguished University Professor and the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, was named co-recipient of the Franklin-Lavoisier Prize. Co-sponsored by the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie in Paris and the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, the award recognizes unusually meritorious efforts in the preservation or promotion of the entwined scientific heritage of France and the United States.

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Letter to the College Community from Outgoing Interim Dean Sandra Russ

“With the support of our alumni and friends, I am confident that we will sustain our traditions of excellence in research and education, help the world recover from this ordeal and move forward as a society that enables all individuals to develop their potential.”


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Art, Culture, Community

Tim Shuckerow, director of the Art Education/Art Studio programs in the Department of Art History and Art, is retiring in August after 32 years at the helm. He has actively recruited art education students from backgrounds underrepresented in the teaching profession. Works by African American alumni were featured in an exhibition honoring his legacy. 


The latest issue of art/sci magazine features Blanton S. Tolbert, professor in the Department of Chemistry, who has gained prominence investigating HIV at the molecular level. The issue also highlights 2019 Guggenheim Fellow Michael Clune, the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities in the Department of English; Gates Cambridge Scholar Megan Masterson (CWR ’19); and the work of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in providing guidance and a sense of community to undergraduates.

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