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 Studies, International Studies, Evolutionary Biology, History 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.
Two children’s picture books by Thrity Umrigar, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English, have received positive reviews. Sugar in Milk (Running Press) received starred reviews from BookPage, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and was featured in the Wall Street Journal. It’s also an Amazon Editors’ pick Binny’s Diwali (Scholastic) came out in September and receive a strong review in BookList.’
Justine Howe, associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, is the editor of the recently released The Routledge Handbook of Islam and Gender, featuring 32 original essays. Written by a team of international contributors, the essays highlight exciting developments in areas such as masculinity studies, queer theory, consumer culture and critical race theory.
Amanda Ross has been named assistant dean for research and grant development for the Office of Research Administration and Grant Development In this new role, Ross will maintain ongoing research grant initiatives and work to develop new opportunities for funding that align with the strategic priorities of the College and university.
The challenges of keeping COVID-19 off the continent of Antarctica have lengthened the stay of CWRU Department of Physics fourth-year PhD student Allen Foster, currently at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for what was originally a 10-month research assignment.
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.