Dorothy Donahoe Hall, B102
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|Dean:||Ray A. Geigle|
|Emeritus Dean:||John Coash|
|Associate Dean:||Marla Iyasere|
Higher learning plays a decisive role in western civilization. The "liberal arts," defined as those studies suitable to a free individual, first became an opportunity rather than a privilege in this country. Their broad scope further expanded and formed the basis for study in the professions. At the same time, the freedom of mind thus achieved carries with it the responsibility for service as well as for criticism.
Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences combine an appreciation of the relevance of humanistic studies with an understanding of social concepts, set in the biological and physical environment. The school is committed to the development of the creative intellectual ability and concern of all educated men and women, through a curriculum which emphasizes breadth of intellectual inquiry and the interrelated nature of knowledge.
The faculty of the school are charged with the task of explaining to an increasingly mature student body from increasingly disparate backgrounds the reasons for existence of their discipline, its development and its relevance, its tools and its limits. They are also charged with challenging students to accept increasing responsibility for their own education, which includes not only mastery of the concepts of the discipline but also the ability to think logically and critically, to employ observation and analysis, and to present understandable solutions to problems. This intellectual development is accomplished in part by advancement through curricular sequences from introductory courses and basic skills to courses dealing with concepts of each discipline and the analysis of problems.
Finally, as part of a public institution, the school is obligated to provide opportunity for study of real problems and change in the cultural, economic, environmental, political, and social areas of the communities in which we live. The school seeks ways of expanding its services to the community.