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Studying at a university with a strong liberal arts and sciences college provides the best guarantee of a quality education – a solid base on which to build academic and professional skills. The Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, comprised of a distinguished and dedicated faculty in the Divisions of Humanities; Science; Social Science; and Communications, Visual and Performing Arts, provides a core curriculum for all students as well as major courses of study for those who wish to prepare for careers in the arts and sciences.

The Humanities Division offers majors in English, Foreign Languages and Literature, and Philosophy, which provide the humanistic foundation for almost all professional fields. It also offers majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which advance the expansion of this discipline within a culturally and linguistically diverse society.

The Science Division offers majors in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Mathematics as well as support courses in Physics. The Biology major offers a concentration in Molecular Biology and programs leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology or in Nuclear Medicine Technology. Students in Chemistry and Biochemistry may have their degrees certified by the American Chemical Society.

The Social Science Division offers majors in Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology and Anthropology/Sociology. Each social science major provides the theoretical and practical background for entry into many private and government enterprises.

The Division of Communications, Visual and Performing Arts offers majors in Art, Dance, Journalism, Media Arts, Music, Communication Studies (Speech) with a concentration in Theatre. Physical facilities – art galleries; studios; performance spaces; and state-of-the-art broadcast, editing, and computer labs – provide the venues for hands-on learning and creativity.

Interdisciplinary majors are available in the Humanities and the Social Sciences and University Honors students, with the approval of appropriate departments and the dean, may devise their own major. Structured minors in Africana Studies, Asian Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies also are offered.

Graduate study on the master’s level (M.A. and M.S. degrees) is offered in all divisions, M.F.A. degrees are offered in Media Arts and Writing and Producing for Television, and a Ph.D. is offered in Clinical Psychology. The United Nations Graduate Certificate Program and the M.A. in Urban Studies also present advanced students with opportunities in the world's premier metropolitan area.

Whether you choose a major from within the college or another educational unit of the Campus, Richard L. Conolly College, through its core curriculum, provides you with a general education in the subjects that compose our intellectual heritage. In your liberal arts and sciences courses, you will participate in a lively and challenging educational environment, where classes are small enough to ensure that students receive individual attention with professors who are dedicated to teaching. Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomes you to share its commitment to intellectual growth, scholarship and academic excellence.


David Cohen, Ph.D.
Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences