CAROL MAXSON, Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Arts and Sciences
LENA HEGI WELCH, Chair, Division of Communication, Language, and Literature
DAVID DIEHL, Chair, Division of Music
G. MICHAEL MOREDOCK, Chair, Division of Natural and Applied Sciences
RONALD W. MAURER, Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences is composed of four academic divisions: the Division of Communication, Language, and Literature, the Division of Music, the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Division of Natural and Applied Sciences. Courses are offered at three levels: general education, academic major/minor, and graduate. Students who graduate from this school have both professional expertise and a liberal arts education.
A liberal arts education has its origins in the Medieval University and is a philosophy of education that empowers learners with broad knowledge and transferable skills and a stronger sense of values, ethics, and civic commitment. Usually global and diverse in scope, it includes a general education curriculum that provides broad exposure to multiple disciplines in addition to in-depth study in at least one academic area. General Education Program courses are offered through all four of the academic divisions. Courses leading to academic majors in many fields are also offered through the School of Arts and Sciences as well as two graduate programs: Counseling and Medicine.
The School of Arts and Sciences is concerned with the humane dimensions of academic study. Course work offered in the School emphasizes imparting general knowledge as well as professional, vocational, or technical expertise. The School seeks to engender a broader understanding of life and faith facilitated by liberal arts in the context of the Christian faith. While students are prepared for graduate study or a career through instruction, the school's first concern is an educated person prepared for leadership and service.