Dean's Welcome

Dean Jude Nixon

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). We are a large college, home to 20 departments, such as art, theatre and speech communication, English, physics, chemistry, foreign languages, history, economics, geological sciences and sport movement science, to name but a few. But we are not so large that we do not take seriously the education of each student. Our major concern is students' academic success--educating them for life. Our goal is to offer our students the best academic preparation and degree possible. We do so by encouraging creative and highly motivated students to take their degree in one of the many programs in CAS.

CAS recruits and develops a creative, talented, and well educated faculty, who brings a passion for teaching, a commitment to scholarship, and a concern for the community. Our goal is to assemble a diverse faculty who will inspire meaningful conversations in the classroom and on campus and who can model for our students the diverse community of which we are a part. Our faculty is what makes us strong. They come from well-respected graduate programs, publish in the best journals, and write monographs for top publishers. Many of them are on key societies in their disciplines, and many are recipients of major grants funded by national institutions, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education. Our faculty are well respected in their fields.

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to Salem State's core curriculum, the cornerstone of our commitment to offer students a content rich, intellectually diverse, and academically rewarding education. It is important to the faculty and staff of CAS that all students explore ideas, test concepts, learn, grow, and most of all question. A truly liberal arts education is about exposure to a broad palette of information, which, though seeming dissimilar, are fundamentally connected and coherent. Darwin perhaps puts it best. Looking back in his Autobiography, he felt that had he not allowed his interest in music, literature, and the arts to languish, to atrophy, he would have been a much more effective and successful scientist and even, interestingly, a more moral person. He laments this very divide in his life and experience, the consequent loss, and how the self might be integrated when different sides of it are activated through an engagement with disparate disciplines. Our goal is to help students recognize the coherence and intersections. The quality, depth and breadth of our students' education is our top priority.