Michelle Scatton-Tessier, interim dean
Jess Boersma, associate dean for student success and applied learning
Kemille Moore, senior associate dean for faculty policy and enrollment management
Vacant, associate dean for new programs, curriculum and assessment
W. David Webster, senior associate dean for graduate studies, research and innovation
Sarah Schaeffer, assistant dean for administration and resource management
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest academic unit at UNCW, offers a variety of programs in the liberal arts leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and filmmaking, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Philosophy in marine science and psychology degrees. The college also offers combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in Spanish, English, and mathematics. To implement these programs, the college provides instruction, research, and creative opportunities in the fine arts and humanities as well as in the natural, physical, and social sciences. The 22 academic departments in the college provide courses of study in each of these areas, in addition to interdepartmental programs in Africana studies; American studies; Asian studies; classical studies; European studies; forensic science; information technology; journalism; Latin American studies; medical humanities; Middle East and Islamic studies; Native American studies; and women and gender studies. The college houses the Gender Studies and Research Center, an interdisciplinary and intersectional community of students, scholars, and advocates committed to social justice and equity. Pre-professional programs in health-related careers, dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine, a 2+2 in engineering, and 3+2 programs in computer science and electrical or computer engineering, environmental science and environmental engineering, and physics and electrical engineering are also offered in the college. undergraduate certificates for professional writing, publishing, and actuarial science, as well as post-baccalaureate certificates in conflict management and resolution, emergency and disaster management, environmental studies, applied statistics, environmental studies, forensic science, geographic information science, science and medical writing, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Hispanic studies, and post-master’s certificate in liberal studies.
The College of Arts and Sciences encourages the open exchange of ideas that celebrates all forms of diversity. The college strives in all of its degree programs to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and academic integrity in our students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen field. Upon completion of their degree program, students will have the necessary preparation for their chosen career or advanced studies.
Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the college’s twenty-two departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the college gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
Degree requirements for all undergraduate majors and minors available in the College of Arts and Sciences are listed below. Requirements for the graduate degrees are listed in the Graduate School catalogue, while those for professional, pre-professional, and special programs are listed in those sections of this catalogue. See below for specific degree requirements and see Course Descriptions . Please note that all internship courses (498 designation) offered by departments within the college have a prerequisite of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00; specific departments may require a higher overall average, as noted in their internship course descriptions.
Bachelor of Arts