College of Arts and Sciences

Graduates of our College of Arts and Sciences programs are clear thinkers with the versatility to compete and make an impact in a complex, global environment.

A Message From Dean Martin

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a diverse selection of academic programs that enable students to explore their intellectual and creative interests while developing skills that lead to rewarding professional opportunities. Our faculty and students share a commitment to advancing the study and practice of the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and the natural and applied sciences. We fulfill our commitment through teaching, scholarship, creative work, and outreach.

When prospective students and their parents speak with me, I always highlight three distinctive features of the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Close student/faculty relationships: Our faculty are committed to student success and they embody the Teacher Scholar Model. Students frequently benefit from having professors for multiple courses. Our faculty get to know students well and can craft highly personalized references for career opportunities and graduate schools.
  • Career Education: The close relationship CAS faculty forge with students extends to participation in our students’ career education. We partner closely with the Amica Center for Career Education through our Mentor Match programs, Arts and Sciences Career Networking Events, and the Explore! Series.
  • Partnership with the College of Business: Our Arts and Sciences majors complete business minors whether in general Business Administration or in a functional area, such as Marketing or Management. This partnership gives our graduates an advantage in professional life, whether they are entering a career in the health sciences, law, public affairs, environmental policy, education, the arts, or … business.

For majors in the arts and sciences and for every Bryant student, we teach and reinforce the skills for professional success that employers when surveyed repeatedly demand: effective written and oral communication, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, diversity awareness, and information literacy. These habits of mind also promote the ethics of social responsibility, personal integrity, and civic engagement that are important to educating the whole person for a full life as engaged citizens in a complex society.  Many of the recent graduates who are members of our College Advisory Council, drawn from fields as diverse as actuarial math, emergency medicine, law, and entertainment, provide the strongest examples of this contribution to civic life.

We also believe strongly in experiential learning and co-curricular experiences that enhance what students learn in the classroom.

Some highlights of these activities include students’ work in the following endeavors:

The College of Arts and Sciences seeks to develop students’ abilities to make a positive difference in the world. I invite you to contact me to find out more about the many ways we work with students to achieve this goal.

Bradford Martin, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of History

Undergraduate

  • A Bachelor of Science with majors in Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Economics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Biology, or Environmental Science
  • A Bachelor of Arts with majors in Applied Psychology, Chinese, Communication, Economics, Global Studies, History, Literary and Cultural Studies, Politics and Law, Sociology, or Spanish

Graduate

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Managerial Communication
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Professional Communication
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Public Communication

To view the programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, select the Arts & Sciences or the Interdisciplinary button on this page. 

The faculty and students of the College of Arts and Sciences share the commitment to advancing the study and practice of the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and the natural and applied sciences. We fulfill our commitment through teaching, scholarship, creative work, and outreach. In faculty and student research, we generate new knowledge. In our teaching, publications, presentations to peers, and engagements with private and public organizations, we disseminate and share our knowledge.

  • The College provides a balanced education for every Bryant student in the core liberal arts areas of the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and both the natural and applied sciences.

  • The College creates and offers advanced programs - minors, concentrations, and majors - that reflect the interests of Bryant students as well as the complexity of the world into which they will graduate. The College stresses pedagogical approaches that provide students the opportunity to engage in exploration of the world, and to think clearly in contexts marked by uncertainty.

  • The College offers degree programs designed to prepare students for advanced study, as well as for application in meaningful ways.

  • The College fosters adherence to the highest standards of ethical conduct and personal responsibility.

  • The College fosters commitment to social responsibility. The faculty encourage academic excellence both by serving as role models in the best teacher/scholar tradition, and by sharing with students a commitment to diversity and an engagement in civic and professional service.

  • The College is committed to its faculty and students. The College expects and strongly supports excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, and creative work

  • Alexander Bartholomew ’08, MBA '09, Senior Vice President/Chief Investment Officer at Bartholomew & Company
  • Jose F. Batista '11, J.D., Executive Director at Providence External Review Authority
  • Courtney (Landi) Cunniff '12, professional and creative writer; Adjunct Professor of English and Creative Writing at Roger Williams University
  • Elizabeth Francis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
  • Linn Freedman, J.D., Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Team at Robinson + Cole; Adjunct Professor at Brown University and Roger Williams Law School
  • Cindy Lepore '10, Assistant Vice President at Marsh & McLennan Agency – Northeast
  • Lindsey Lerner '15, music tourism and economic development consultant; project manager for Sound Diplomacy
  • Theresa Porcaro (Navarra) '12, Senior Manager, Marketing Campaigns & Content, Global Campaign Marketing at UiPath
  • Thomas Pagliarini, J.D., Associate at Hinckley Allen
  • Greg Pare, Lead Campus Recruiter at Target
  • John Riendeau, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Director of Business Development
  • Randall “Randy” Rosenbaum, Executive Director at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center
  • Christine Smith, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation Managing Director Innovation; Executive Director of the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC)
  • Lynn Sweeney, M.D., emergency medicine physician, Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital
  • Patricia Teufel, Adjunct Professor of Math at University of Connecticut
  • Scott Wood, M.A., Director, Environmental Defense Fund

A COMMUNITY OF SCIENTISTS

A Bryant student conducts environmental research with a professor

A COMMUNITY OF SCIENTISTS

Majoring in Biology or Environmental Science takes you on a journey of discovery with faculty who are dedicated teachers, mentors, and researchers. At hand for your use is lab equipment that other schools typically reserve for grad students, as well as an 8,300-square-foot science complex. You can collaborate on original research with a faculty member of your choosing, and even co-publish a paper with your faculty mentor.

TRAINING FOR BROADCAST CAREERS

Inside the Koffler Center at Bryant University

TRAINING FOR BROADCAST CAREERS

The Communications Complex is home to a state-of-the art digital and multimedia television studio that serves as a pre- and post-production training ground. Recently, College Magazine ranked Bryant No. 3 on its list of top 10 colleges for broadcast journalism. Learn more about our Communication program.
Bryant Professor Sharmin Attaran teaches at the Academic Innovation Center

Academic Departments

Our academic departments offer you a range of courses of study to choose from and world-class scholars dedicated to teaching.

Department Listing
A student studies in the library at Bryant University

Courses of Study

Our integrated curriculum includes 26 majors and 35 minors, so you can create a path that’s guided by your interests.

Majors and Minors
Bryant Professor Stanley Baran lectures in class

Graduate Programs

We offer graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the School of Health Sciences.

Graduate Studies