School of Arts and Sciences

Dean: Missy Alexander, Ph.D.
Warner Hall 300, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9400
(203) 837-8525 (fax)

Assistant Dean: Cigdem Usekes, Ph.D.
Warner Hall 300, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9406
(203) 837-8525 (fax)

Administrative Assistant: Martha Palanzo
Warner Hall 300, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9401
(203) 837-8525 (fax)

Secretary: Bob Albert
Warner Hall 300, Midtown campus
(203) 837-9402
(203) 837-8525 (fax)


Biology & Environmental Sciences
Chair: Stephen Wagener, Ph.D.
    Science Building 145, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8790
    (203) 837-8769 (fax)

Chair: Russell Selzer, Ph.D.
    Science Building 310, Midtown campus
    (203) 837- 8443
    (203) 837- 8769 (fax)
Associate Chair: Paula Secondo, Ph.D.
    Science Building 339, Midtown Campus
    (203) 837-8795
    (203) 837-8769 (fax)

Chair: Katy Wiss, Ph.D.
    Berkshire Hall 213a, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8260
    (203) 837-8912 (fax)

Computer Science
Chair: Gancho Ganchev, Ph.D.
    Westside Classroom Building 114
    (203) 837-9349
    (203) 837-8527 (fax)

Associate Chair: Rona Gurkewitz, M. A., M. S., M. Phil.
    Westside Classroom Building 109
    (203) 837-9354
    (203) 837-8527 (fax)

Chair: Michael Chappell, Ph.D.
    Berkshire Hall 210d, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-9366
    (203) 837- 8912 (fax)

Chair: Burton Peretti, Ph.D.
    Warner Hall 221, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8309
    (203) 837-8905 (fax)

Chair: David Burns, Ph.D.
    Higgins Hall 102f, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-9346
    (203) 837-8769 (fax)

Chair: Stuart Dalton, Ph.D.
    White Hall 021b, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8782
    (203) 837-8905 (fax)

Physics, Astronomy & Meteorology
Chair: Dennis Dawson, Ph.D.
   Science Building 278, Midtown campus
   (203) 837-8671
   (203) 837-8320 (fax)
Associate Chair:  Robert Eisenson, M.S. 
   Science Building 277, Midtown campus 
   (203) 837-8989
   (203) 837-8320 (fax) 

Chair: Norine Jalbert, Ph.D.
   Warner Hall 314, Midtown campus
   (203) 837-8476
   (203) 837-8905 (fax)

Social Sciences
Chair: Oluwole Owoye, Ph.D.
   Warner Hall 204, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8456
    (203) 837-8905 (fax)
Associate Chair: Averell Manes, Ph.D.
    Warner Hall 203, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8452
    (203) 837-8905 (fax)

World Languages & Literature
Chair: Stacey Alba D. Skar, Ph.D.
    Berkshire Hall 215A, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-8485
    (203) 837-8912 (fax)

Writing, Linguistics and the Creative Process
Chair: Oscar De Los Santos, Ph.D.
    Higgins 205d, Midtown campus
    (203) 837-9044
    (203) 837-8912 (fax)

Mission and Objectives

The School of Arts and Sciences offers 38 major programs and options leading to the bachelor’s degree. Fields of concentration include American studies, biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, earth and planetary sciences, English, history, mathematics, meteorology, political science, professional writing, psychology, sociology/ anthropology, and Spanish. An associate’s degree in the liberal arts is available. Minor programs allow students to follow interests beyond their major, including such interdisciplinary fields as broadcast journalism, digital media, women’s studies, international studies, multi-cultural studies, religion studies and urban studies. The School offers pre-professional programs in a number of fields, including medicine, dentistry, and law.

The School of Arts and Sciences has a three-fold mission:
• Provide a strong general education for all students at the university and academic support for students in professional programs;
• Provide bachelor’s and master’s programs of high quality for students who seek a degree in  the arts and sciences;
• Provide lifelong learning opportunities for nontraditional students seeking new knowledge and career skills.

The School of Arts and Sciences plays a central role in the education of every student at the university. It serves students of diverse interests and needs from many different segments of the community. The arts and sciences faculty believe that teaching is an art. Their highest priority is to help students learn.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Associate in Science

A.S.-Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts

BA- American Studies

    Applied Studies

    Ecological Science

    Biochemistry–ACS Approval

     Communication Studies
     Relational Communication

B.A.-Computer Science

B.A.-Contract Major

B.A.-Earth and Planetary Sciences

    Applied Studies




    Computer Science

B.A.-Media Arts
    Media Production
    Media Studies

B.A.-Political Science

B.A.-Professional Writing
    Business Writing
    Creative Writing
    General Writing
    Journalism & Freelance
    Public Relations


B.A.-Social Sciences
    Anthropology/Sociology Studies
    Family Studies
    Global Studies
    Multicultural Studies


Bachelor of Science

B.S.-Contract Major



The School of Arts and Sciences supports the bachelor of science (BS), elementary and secondary education, through course content in the following areas:

Elementary Education Secondary Education
American Studies Biology
Anthropology/Sociology Chemistry
Biology Earth Science
Communication English
English History
History Mathematics
Mathematics Social Sciences
Political Science Spanish
Social Sciences  

See School of Professional Studies for more information on the Education degree programs.


Please refer to the department area in this catalog for specific admission procedures and requirements, or contact the Office of University Admissions at (203) 837-9000.

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