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.

College gifted $2 million from the Mandel Foundation

The college has received a $2 million gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation to establish a new major in experimental humanities, and provide funding support for humanities research projects.

Side by side portrait photos of Arthru Evenchik on the left and Sandy Livingston on the right

Art/Sci Magazine Welcomes New Editor with Latest Issue

After 17 years as art|sci magazine’s editor, Arthur Evenchik stepped down last summer to devote more time to communications projects for Dean Joy K. Ward and to his duties as coordinator of the Emerging Scholars Program. His successor, Sandy Livingston, has been editor of the university’s flagship publication, Think magazine, since 2014. Welcome, Sandy.

Graduate Council of Arts & Sciences awards five GSSCE grants

The Graduate Council of Arts & Sciences (GCAS) has awarded five graduate students from the college with the inaugural Graduate Student Scholarship and Creative Endeavors (GSSCE) grant of $1,000 each.


Welcoming Kelly Fried to the dean’s office

Some say “you can’t go home again,” but whoever believes that should look across our campus to see the many contributions being made by faculty and staff every day who are alumni of the university. Kelly Fried is the newest alumna joining the dean’s office in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Woman in lab coat using pipette with title Expanding Our Horizons

The latest issue of art/sci magazine highlights the Expanding Horizons Initiative, Dean Joy K. Ward’s initiative focused on broadening opportunities for interdisciplinary research, creative collaboration and student mentoring. Elsewhere in the magazine, read about students who received 2022 Fulbright and Goldwater awards; faculty honored for research, teaching and mentoring; and alumni recognized for their achievements. This issue also pays tribute to art/sci’s founding editor, Arthur Evenchik, and explores diversity initiatives at the college with Joy Bostic, the Dittrick Medical History Center’s aims to chronicle the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Karamu House archives donated to the university and housed at Kelvin Smith Library.

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