Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Salem State University! We are home to twenty academic departments whose areas of expertise span the arts, humanities, social, natural and physical sciences.
Our commitment to student academic success is at the heart of all we do. We pride ourselves on close, enriching connections between our students and our faculty, a team of talented and accomplished scholars who have a passion for teaching. Our faculty produce broad and deep creative and scholarly work that advances their disciplines and enhances the classroom experience. We push our students to reflect deeply about themselves and the world we live in to develop a strong sense of purpose. Our students develop and demonstrate abilities to analyze new and challenging information, to express themselves clearly, and to critically interpret the expression of others. Such abilities, together with the informed confidence built of having been pushed to understand new ideas at substantial depth, make our students invaluable contributors to their workplaces and communities.
Courses from the departments within the College of Arts and Sciences form the base for the university’s core curriculum which provides students with a strong foundation in liberal arts. A study of the liberal arts provides students the opportunity to explore ideas, test concepts, learn, grow, and, most of all, question. Our students gain an appreciation of the vastness and complexity of human experience and develop the skills necessary to understand and contribute to the record-both written and artistic-of this experience. At the same time, they gain an appreciation of the vastness and complexity of the non-human world and develop the skills necessary to study and take care of it.
Gail E. Gasparich, PhD
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences