Catalogue 2022 - 2023

College of Arts and Sciences

Dean Marcus C. Davis

Associate Dean Jonathan M. Beagle

Assistant Dean Karl Martini

Programs of Study

The College of Arts and Sciences has three primary objectives:

  1. To provide academic major and minor programs within the College as career preparation and as concentrations in the various fields of the liberal arts.
  2. To provide the courses that satisfy General University requirements in keeping with the founding purpose of the College and consistent with the ongoing role of Arts and Sciences and the academic expertise of the faculty.
  3. To provide required courses for its own majors and minors, foundation courses for majors in the Business and Engineering Colleges, and elective courses for the enrichment of students across the University.

In this way the College of Arts and Sciences fulfills its educational purpose in accordance with the mission statement of Western New England University. This Mission Statement calls for integrated professional and liberal education. Arts and Sciences contribute to that mission through providing major programs, General University courses, and service and elective offerings.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers courses and programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in economics, communication, English, law and society, philosophy, political science, history, creative writing, international studies, liberal studies, psychology, or sociology; a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in biology, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, health sciences, information technology, mathematics, neuroscience, or psychology. Majors in elementary and secondary education are approved by the Massachusetts Board of Education and lead to teacher certifications. Also offered is an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies.

To graduate, students must complete at least 120 semester hours in academic courses. Students must complete the requirements of a major program, the General University requirements, and certain area requirements. The balance of the academic program is composed of electives, which are courses chosen entirely by the student, with guidance from an advisor.

Most students attempt to complete the General University requirements during their first two years in college. Such planning provides added flexibility during the junior and senior years, enabling students to concentrate on major programs or to participate in internships or off-campus programs such as the Washington Semester, the New England Center for Children internship program, or study abroad.


The course work for a degree may include one or more of the minors offered by the University. A minor may not be completed in the same discipline as the major. Descriptions of the requirements for the minors are listed. Students wishing to take a minor must complete a form in the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, no later than the beginning of the final semester.