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.
Maggie Popkin, Robson Junior Professor and associate professor in the Department of Art History and Art, has won a 2020–21 Rome Prize. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. Popkin is the first faculty member from Case Western Reserve University to win the Rome Prize.
Gabrielle (Brie) Parkin, a lecturer in the Department of English and interim director of the Writing Resource Center, received this year’s Richard A. Bloom, M.D. Award for Distinguished Teaching in the SAGES Program. The award was established in 2008 by alumnus Richard Bloom (WRC ’74, MED ’79).
Stacy McGaugh, professor and chair of the Department of Astronomy, discusses dark matter on the Cosmic Controversy podcast; while Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, sits down for the Unholier Than Thou podcast and talks about our obsession with the end of the world.
“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
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.