Arts and Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

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The College of Arts and Sciences provides students with a liberal arts foundation where they are taught to think critically, grow academically, and communicate effectively. We prepare our students to be intellectually, socially, culturally, and professionally engaged citizens and leaders who contribute to and promote the sustainability of local and global communities.

The College of Arts and Sciences will be a national model among colleges of arts and sciences for student-centered teaching and learning, engagement, and collaboration.



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College of Arts and Sciences
340 Stillwell Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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College of Arts and 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 of Arts and Sciences' constituent members include the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Biology; Chemistry and Physics; Communication; Criminology and Criminal Justice; English; Geosciences and Natural Resources; History; Mathematics and Computer Science; Philosophy and Religion; Political Science and Public Affairs and World Languages.

The college also houses the Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs (majors in Science Education, Social Sciences Education, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, and International Studies), the Humanities Program, and several Arts and Sciences Centers and Institutes.






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