School of Arts and Sciences Curricula

Departments and Programs

The School of Arts and Sciences offers a majority of the courses taken by undergraduate students at the University. Even students who major in business or leadership studies take up to two-thirds of their courses, elective as well as general education courses, in the School of Arts and Sciences. The school provides a broad range of majors and offers numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Such study takes many forms, from self-designed programs to interdisciplinary concentrations within traditional fields to fully developed interdisciplinary majors. Graduates today live in a world in which the ability to integrate knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines is increasingly important. The School of Arts and Sciences fully recognizes this fact and is constantly working to create opportunities for students to integrate and apply what they are learning.

Engagement in active and interactive learning is the hallmark of education in the School of Arts and Sciences. Students are involved in guided independent study projects, collaborative research with faculty and other students, internships and other service-learning experiences, and artistic and creative projects. Active engagement enables students to assume increasing responsibility for their own learning and development and prepares them for life-long growth and adaptation to change.

The faculty of the school are committed, first and foremost, to teaching and learning and to the overall education and development of their students. Faculty take the advising and mentoring of students very seriously and meet frequently with their students and advisees to discuss course-related projects as well as career plans and long-term goals.

The school's faculty are also productive scholars and artists who introduce students to the excitement of research and creative activity. As distinguished scholars, scientists, artists and practitioners, they are able to teach by example as well as by precept.

By graduation, arts and sciences students are well-prepared for further study in graduate or professional schools and for employment in a variety of fields, including healthcare, government, business, law, and nonprofit work. The knowledge and skills fostered by a liberal arts education serve students well in the world of work, as well as in their personal lives. In addition, an education in the School of Arts and Sciences prepares students to become well-informed and thoughtful citizens, to be able to contribute to the lives of others, and to help advance the society of which they are a part.