The College of Arts and Sciences operates under the Office of Academic Affairs at Western Carolina University. Its constituent members include the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Biology; Chemistry and Physics; Communication; English; Geosciences and Natural Resources; History; Mathematics and Computer Science; Modern Foreign Languages; and Political Science and Public Affairs. The college also houses the Associated Area of Philosophy and Religion, and the following programs: Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary, and Social Sciences.
The role of the College of Arts and Sciences is to implement the University’s Mission through exploration of a broad range of human experience, knowledge, and expression.
The most significant activity is the learning/teaching process that takes place in classrooms, laboratories, studios, field locations, and offices, which engages students, staff, and faculty in a common effort to provide an environment where intellectual challenge, the free exchange of ideas, and high standards of scholarship and creativity prevail.
The College fulfills the University’s declared aspirations through its curricula in the following ways:
- Programs in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences
- General Education courses that provide the basic skills and perspectives essential for preparing all university students for effective participation in contemporary life
- Support for the Honors College and Honors course options
- Specialized courses that serve the baccalaureate and graduate degree programs of the College and its sister colleges
- Courses and programs that support teacher preparation
- Appropriate and responsible integration of technology as a tool for learning
- Faculty advisement of students
The College supports the University’s declared aspirations through discipline-related activities that benefit the University, region, state, nation, and the international community, in the following ways:
- Research, creative activity, and scholarly pursuits
- Faculty and student activities that reach beyond the classroom to a wider audience
- Faculty and student participation in university governance through involvement in departmental, college, and university activities.