College of Arts and Sciences Mission, Vision and Values

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) provides students a rigorous, dynamic and creative liberal arts education for personal and professional development in a diverse, local and global environment.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the centerpiece of Salem State University. Our programs are the core of a liberal education, instilling critical knowledge, skills, and values that enable graduates to become professional and community leaders in a diverse and global environment.

Public Good: Contribute to the public good using liberal arts to benefit communities in which we are engaged. Commitment to a liberal arts education that creates well-rounded citizens.

Diversity: CAS courses, faculty and students embody diversity of ideas and identity. CAS creates opportunities to explore a range of perspectives, experiences and world views that build a foundation for personal, professional and academic success.

Teaching: Excellence in teaching with a focus on exposing students to new and diverse ideas. Commitment to new and dynamic methods of teaching and learning. Commitment to faculty-student collaboration and mentoring, providing a foundation for the success of a diverse community of learners.

Scholarship: Excellence in faculty scholarship that creates new knowledge while informing and invigorating the classroom experience and wider community needs.

Integrated Learning: All students learn and have experiences across disciplines and within and outside of the academy.

Liberal Education: A commitment to ensuring all students receive a liberal education and demonstrate key liberal education outcomes at graduation. [Note: “Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.” (AAC&U LEAP Initiative definition)]