Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences


Welcome to the Macricostas School of Arts and 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 a unique combination of topics to further their intellectual endeavors. MSA&S on FACEBOOK










Congratulations to WCSU’s Two 2019 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award Recipients!

Layra Caridad Valdes Ramirez is a Biochemistry major with a minor in Biology. She plans to pursue a DDM in dentistry and research next fall and will spend this summer volunteering in a dental office in Cuba.











Victor Namer is a dual Psychology and Political Science major with a minor in Conflict Resolution. He plans to start his career in the fields of social work, homelessness, mental health and/or local or state politics, while considering his post-graduate degree options.



To read more about Layra and Victor’s accomplishments follow the link (!




Exciting Student News:


WCSU was fully represented at the 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, early April 2019.

Five Chemistry and Biochemistry students, Nathan Middeleer, Alexander Matteson, Andy Espinal, Maximillian Simpson, and Daniel Wong, presented their senior research projects under the guidance of faculty sponsors. The event featured research seminars hosted by Nobel laureates and attracts over 15,000 chemists globally. It provides an industry-centric environment for students seeking to continue research and transition into graduate studies and industry level research.


The English Department is proud to graduate Jillian Fernandez as a great student and a great athlete. Jillian at WCSU as a good student and a good athlete and her college career was progressing well until she was injured. Despite Jillian’s injury, she received a job as Student Manager and Event Coordinator at Western meanwhile coaching a high school soccer team to the State Championship.  Finally, and most importantly, Jill was one of only two English majors selected to represent Western at the invitation-only Connecticut State University Undergraduate English Conference.



Congratulations to WCSU recent Psychology graduate, Sarah Hoegler, for receiving  5 year guaranteed funding and monthly stipend at University of Notre Dame towards her Ph.D. in Applied Development. Sarah worked closely with Dr. Mary Nelson while at WCSU.








The Spotlight: 

Dr. Brian Clements, founding coordinator of the MFA program and Professor of Writing,  Linguistics, and Creative Writing, alongside Dan Pope, MFA Mentor, have been selected as two of the 2019 recipients of a Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowship!





Khushi Parikh (pictured) and Srishti Ramakrishnan from Finding Our Way program win big at the CT Science and Engineering Fair. Follow the link,, to see their projects and awards!




Gab & GROW: Tune in to hear our Dean, Dr. Michelle Brown, speak about her job as a dean and to learn more information about the Macricostas School! Please follow the link( to hear Dr. Brown!

Recent Events:

Dr. Samuel Ortencio Flores, Assistant Professor of Classics at College of Charleston, discussed “Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece” on March 22nd. This lecture was funded by The Macricostas Family Arts and Sciences Endowed.







Pi Day, March 8th, 2019. The Math Club and Math Department hosted Pi Day, a little early, and had free t-shirts, arts and crafts, and Pi shaped cookies!






Chris Kelly lectures on “Privacy, Security, and Safety in a Social Media World” on November 14th, sponsored by the Macricostas Family Foundation. Pictured on the right: President Clark, Dean Brown, Provost Alexander, and Lecturer Chris Kelly.

Did you miss the Chris Kelly lecture? The link ( encompasses the lecture from November 14th!