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College of Arts & Sciences

"Teaching Students to Think Critically Across the Disciplines"

Welcome from Dean Arzola

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to provide students with a liberal arts education which will serve as a foundation for the pursuit of lifelong learning, ethical living, and a successful career. It hosts 38 full-time faculty, 12 departments, 12 baccalaureate degrees and 2 associate degrees, 13 minors, and 2 medical programs.

The liberal arts core curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences is the foundation upon which all Nyack students build their academic experience. It is designed to develop higher order skills in the areas of critical thinking, technological competency, written and oral communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning and information literacy.

Our diverse and international faculty come with real-world experience and are committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. More importantly, our small classes and 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio provide students with a nurturing environment and personalized attention in which the Instructors also serve as caring mentors and academic advisors.

The College of Arts and Sciences is divided into the following 12 departments:

  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Humanities (History, Philosophy, Religion, Art History, Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Honors Program
  • Language, Literature, and Writing (ESL, Modern Languages, English, Linguistics)
  • Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Pre-Nursing Program
  • Pre-Medical Program
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology & Political Science 

Majors, Minors, and Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences


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Interdisciplinary Studies majors may combine certain liberal arts areas with selected disciplines (see table above). Furthermore, the Honors Program at Nyack provides undergraduate students of exceptional intellectual curiosity an accelerated and enhanced academic experience.

Driven by our core values and informed by our contextual location in the world's capital city - New York City - the commitment and vision of the College of Arts and Sciences is to prepare students to be critical thinkers who are ethically reflective and engaged citizens. 

Fernando Arzola Jr., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences