Letter from the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dean Missy Alexander 

Welcome to the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University.  A&S is home to thirteen departments, eighteen undergraduate majors and five graduate majors, and a host of interesting ways to combine majors with minors, allowing students to develop unique combinations of knowledge in preparation for their lives ahead. 

We are also the heart of the general education curriculum, insuring that all students at Western acquire fundamental skills in communication, writing, mathematics and analytic thought, while at the same time being exposed to a wide range of disciplines to complement their major focus of study.

A&S has a talented group of faculty who are dedicated to the art of good teaching.  We care most about reaching students, helping them find the best paths for their education, and ultimately providing a compass for navigating life after graduation.  Our faculty brings passion to the classroom, sharing their curiosity, their ongoing professional development, and their original research with students. At Western, faculty members are readily available during weekly office hours, by appointment, email, and phone.  We take advising and student support very seriously here. If you have a question, just ask.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in internships and co-ops locally, regionally, and in New York. We encourage students to take the knowledge found in the classroom and apply it in a workplace context.  This tying together of education with careers and community is central to our goals for our students.  Seeing theory and practice in action is the best way to build confidence, broaden knowledge, and strengthen resumes.

Arts & Sciences also has a strong track record of students winning Fulbright awards, scholarships to graduate school, and being accepted to graduate programs in medicine, law, teaching, communication, history, politics, and more.  Our graduates are investigating environmental issues for the Department of Transportation in Connecticut, conducting research at Yale, producing sports coverage for NBC, publishing original works of fiction, starting new businesses, and engaging in their communities.

In sum, Arts & Sciences at Western is large enough to provide many educational options and small enough to know you well. We are devoted to learning and to teaching. We invite you to come and explore the world of ideas and possibilities with us.

Missy Alexander, PhD
Dean, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences
Warner Hall, Suite 300

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