School of Humanities and Sciences

Leslie W. Lewis, Dean
Janet R. Reohr, Associate Dean
Kathy Lucas, Assistant Dean
Stacia E. Zabusky, Assistant Dean

For full faculty listing see "Faculty and Administration."
Faculty and Administration

Introduction

An education grounded in the liberal arts provides individuals with the lifelong learning skills that are fundamental to continuing personal and professional enrichment. In the School of Humanities and Sciences, students explore and experience the intrinsically satisfying values of a liberal education while developing the knowledge and skills necessary for successful careers in the professions, public service, teaching, business and industry, theater, and the fine arts. The bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs are also excellent preparation for professional and graduate study.

In an atmosphere of freedom and guidance, most students develop a program of study centered on one of the many departmental majors. Other students may choose to develop an individualized program of planned studies, designing their own curriculum to meet particular aptitudes and interests. In each instance, students are encouraged to examine the full range of disciplines within the school: the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and fine and performing arts.

The opportunities within the School of Humanities and Sciences are many. Through formal courses and field studies, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the historical antecedents of current social problems and engage in direct study of current social issues. In the science laboratory, on the stage, or in independent study and research, students can learn techniques of specific disciplines. Courses in writing and rhetoric foster facility in written and oral expression. Emphasis is also placed on developing an appreciation of personal and human values as reflected in the literature, history, art, and philosophy of our own and other cultures.

In summary, the goal of the School of Humanities and Sciences is to stimulate students to seek facts, approach problems rationally, and respond logically, sensitively, and creatively to themselves, their fellow humans, and the world about them.

Mission

The mission of the School of Humanities and Sciences is to provide sophisticated teaching and learning opportunities through an unusually diverse range of programs taught by outstanding faculty. We accomplish our mission in a student-centered learning environment that integrates the enduring benefits of liberal education with professional and applied studies. We recognize that flexible and advanced critical thinking is the appropriate preparation for a wide range of pursuits. To that end, we support research, scholarship, and creative activity as complements to the excellent teaching and advising that are central to all we do, and we strive for collaboration between students and faculty in those endeavors.

Beyond intellectual development, we offer opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in a broad array of co-curricular activities. An education in the School of Humanities and Sciences encourages informed citizenship, global awareness, and community involvement, preparing students to make meaningful contributions to society and for productive, fulfilled lives.