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Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences brings the strengths of the small liberal arts college into the context of a large comprehensive university. Our students experience a curriculum devoted to combining theory and practice, and find themselves on the path to post-graduate success. Potential employers value the UD commitment to educating the whole person, while graduate and professional schools find our students well-prepared to meet the challenges of post-graduate education. The College fosters an environment marked by connected learning, and sends forth broadly-educated students, thoroughly prepared for their future endeavors.

We are here for you.

The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is located on the first floor of O'Reilly Hall. It is across the Central Mall from Kennedy Union and is close to several residence halls. Those who administer to the college - the dean, associate deans and assistant deans - are a diverse group of faculty from departments across the College. In addition to their administrative efforts, they are often actively involved in research and scholarship. Learn about faculty research >>


Pierce, Jason L.

Associate Professor; Interim Dean

Associate Deans

Pair, Donald

Professor; Associate Dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum

Roecker Phelps, Carolyn E.

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, Internationalization, and Inclusive Excellence

Assistant Deans

Shafer, Cynthia

Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs

Trick, Kim

Lecturer; Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs

Wilbers, Tim

Associate Professor; Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs


Donahue, Maura

Director, Budget and Operations

Neeley, Grant W.

Associate Professor; Interim Chair, Department of Political Science; Director of Graduate Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences

Administrative Support Staff

Alexander, Amanda

Coordinator for Academic Advising Support

Babal, Tracy

Administrative Assistant for Student Academic Affairs

Braner, Peggy

Assistant to the Dean

Charbel, Carol

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans

Emley, Cathy

Senior Administrative Assistant to the Director, Budget and Operations

Speed, Jennifer

Coordinator of Grants & Funding

Timko, Katie

Graphic Designer & Web Content Editor

Witherspoon, Aaron

Academic Success Specialist, College of Arts and Sciences

Learn about our departments & programs.

As the largest academic unit at UD, we offer more than fifty undergraduate and graduate degree programs. We also maintain an extensive continuing education unit that supports lifelong learning. While we are able to provide a wide range of programming in the arts, the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences, our educational philosophy continues to focus on personal attention and close faculty-student interaction.

Our Departments
Our Programs

Our faculty & staff are dedicated to your success.

Faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences demonstrate connected learning and scholarship by integrating teaching, research, and service. They engage students from across the University in this process through traditional and innovative approaches to learning.

Our administrative staff is well-prepared to assist with both student and faculty needs such as academic department administration, program coordination, laboratory management, technical support, and more.

Our graduate programs prepare you for your professional future.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers graduate programs leading to a doctoral degrees in biology and theology. The College, through the Department of Physics, also collaborates with the School of Engineering to offer an interdisciplinary program leading to a doctoral degree in electro-optics. A doctorate in theology is offered by the Department of Religious Studies.

Master's degree programs are offered in a number of areas, including biology, communication, computer science, chemistry, English, mathematics, psychology, public administration, and religious studies. Several departments offer multiple programs at the master's level. The Department of Communication offers both communication and communication/interdisciplinary programs. The Department of Psychology offers programs in clinical psychology, experimental/human factors psychology, and general psychology. The Department of Religious Studies offers M.A. programs in theological studies and pastoral ministry. The Master of Public Administration program is offered by the Department of Political Science.

The College works in collaboration with the School of Education and Health Sciences on two graduate degrees. The Department of English offers a Master of Arts in English with a teaching track. The Department of Music offers graduate music coursework for the Master of Science in Education degree (music education concentration).

Graduate assistantships are available in all programs, and full-time students have the opportunity to apply for summer support through a grant program administered by the University Graduate Council.

Our Graduate Programs


Our institutes and centers provide research, service and real-world learning opportunities for all students.

The institutes and centers of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton provide cutting-edge technology, connect the campus with social justice issues and service opportunities, and prepare students for Catholic ministry in a variety of ways.

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community
With the leadership of the Fitz Center, students and faculty partner with urban neighborhoods to build relationships and communities, solve issues, and engage in connected learning and scholarship.
Learn more >>

Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives uses the resources of the University for partnerships with the Catholic Church to create and implement programs that meet the needs of the Church. These goals are achieved through research, education, consulting, the presentation of forums, and many other resources for diocesan and lay ecclesial leaders. Learn more >>

TREND - Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton
TREND aims to understand the basic biology of how damaged tissues and organs can regenerate. The center is committed to interactions with prominent scientists in the field, by inviting them to campus and by establishing the Emerging Technology Forum, for active discussions of new ideas. The center's focus areas include research collaboration, advanced academic and research training, and technology transfer. Learn more >>

Learn about opportunities for learning enhancement.

The college experience extends well beyond the classroom at the University of Dayton. New students soon discover that opportunities are boundless. We recognize your vast potential, and therefore provide outlets for every student's interests and talents, be they in technology, the arts, research, service, writing, performance ... we have the resources to help you flourish.

Read about College events.

The College of Arts and Sciences is at the center of a diverse community that is the University of Dayton. Our events and activities enhance the academic experience for students, faculty and staff and allow many opportunities to enhance professional and personal growth.

Celebrating Sustainability

10.20.2014 | Sustainability, Energy and Environment, Campus and Community

Students will celebrate a banner year in sustainability at the University — as a leader in fossil fuels divestment in higher education and launching a new center focused on sustainability education — during Sustainability Week Oct. 20-25. More


A Native Voice

10.13.2014 | Culture and Society, Campus and Community

The University of Dayton Speaker Series will bring a celebrated Native American author, poet and filmmaker to campus to keynote the annual Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium. More


American Culture in China

10.06.2014 | International, Culture and Society, Engineering, Business

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has awarded a grant to the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou Industrial Park to establish an American Cultural Center. More


An Enduring Legacy

09.26.2014 | Faculty, Service and Giving, Catholic, Students, Campus and Community

The University of Dayton will honor the longest-serving president in school history by renaming the College Park Center as Raymond L. Fitz Hall. More