Office of the Dean
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,
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
Dr. Genie Babb
Dr. Jamie Winters