Letter from the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dean Missy Alexander 

Welcome to the Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences at Western Connecticut State University. Our school is home to thirteen departments, twenty-one undergraduate majors and five graduate majors, and offers a wide variety of interesting ways for students to create unique combination of topics to further their intellectual endeavors.  In addition, the school is home to the general education curriculum, required of all students, and various centers of learning and discovery, all designed to connect knowledge with intellectual engagement.  The general education program encourages students to experience learning based on a core set of competencies, including critical thinking, intercultural studies, oral communication, information literacy and quantitative reasoning.  All of these, combined with a specific subject major, equip students with foundational knowledge, diversity of experience and a spirit of curiosity that are hallmarks of a well-rounded liberal arts based education. 

MSAS has a talented and diverse faculty who are deeply committed to engaging students in learning and scholarship.  We recognize the educational benefits of internships, faculty-guided research and study abroad opportunities.  As such, students have had the opportunity to study in such places as Italy, Spain and Morocco, do field work in Barbados, Costa Rica and Maine, present their research at local, national and international conferences, and participate in internships and co-ops both locally and regionally.  Faculty are dedicated to teaching and are continually striving to enhance the learning experiences for students in their classrooms.  Outside the classroom, faculty are readily available to students during office hours, and by phone or e-mail.

Our students are involved in a wide range of clubs and organizations related to their majors.  These include such activities as working in the Weather Center, participating in the Psych Alliance, Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, and Sigma Xi, a national honor society for science and engineering research.   Graduates of our school are working in bioanalytical studies, on environmental issues, publishing original works of fiction, starting new businesses and engaging in their communities.  They are also pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, law, mathematics, history, economics and more.  

As William Butler Yeats wrote:  Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  We strive to light that fire in our students and invite you to explore the world of ideas and opportunities with us.

Josie Hamer, PhD
Dean, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences
Warner Hall, Suite 300

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