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Dean’s Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the School of Arts and Sciences! We are a collection of many different kinds of study that prepare our students for careers and experiences in our world today. Our disciplines teach you how to approach, understand, communicate, and solve problems that exist today in your communities. For example, how might someone approach the current debate in the Plattsburgh region surrounding whether there should be a bridge across Lake Champlain linking Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Burlington, Vt.?

  • To start, one would need to have an understanding of the political atmosphere in these two states (political science), as well as the needs and wants of several different populations (sociology, anthropology, gender and women’s studies, criminal justice, modern languages, psychology). 
  • Then, it would be very wise to get an understanding of the Lake Champlain ecosystem and the potential impact of building a bridge (environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, Lake Champlain Research Institute). 
  • How might one construct a bridge in such an environment (physics, mathematics, GIS)?
  • What kind of arguments, what kind of  rhetoric, what kind of modalities online and in person have been used by all sides to try and make their case for a bridge or for no bridge (art, English, computer science, music, journalism/public relations, communications, theatre)? 

The common term for the disciplines and methods that go into solving real world problems is the liberal arts. This sounds like something to do with painting or politics, but instead the term derives from the classical and medieval collection of subjects known as artes liberalis: “the knowledge worthy of a free person.” To participate in any of the majors within our school is to learn what you need to become the best free thinker you can be. Such practice is vital for our region, our nation and our world. 

Come learn with us! Arts and sciences give our Cardinals the wings they need to soar into their futures.


Dr. Meg Pearson 



Dr. Meg Pearson

Office: 101B Ward Hall
Phone: 518-564-3150
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Genie Babb

Associate Dean
Office: 101D Ward Hall
Phone: 518-564-3150
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Jamie Winters

Assistant to the Dean
Office: 101E Ward Hall
Phone: 518-564-3150
Email: [email protected]



Christina Lagree

Administrative Assistant II
Office: 101C Ward Hall
Phone: 518-564-3150
Email: [email protected]

Kristin Short

Administrative Assistant I
Office: 101F Ward Hall
Phone: 518-564-3150
Email: [email protected]

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