Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

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

WE HAVE MOVED TO HIGGINS RM. 109! Stop by and see our new office! 











Exciting Student News:

Recent graduate, Victor Namer, and Kathwari Honors student pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration, Bakhtawar Izzat, attended the International Diplomacy Forum in Thailand. Read the full interview with Namer and Izzat at the link provided (





*Archived Student News

The Spotlight: 

The new Master of Science in Addiction Studies program at WCSU has been awarded an Opioid Workforce Expansion Program grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant was designed to improve training in evidence-based prevention, assessment, and treatment for opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders for providers in Connecticut. This grant will allow us to: 1) strengthen our relationships with community partners and build new interdisciplinary partnerships in support of substance use prevention and treatment; 2) increase the number of students that we support through stipends at training and internship sites each year; 3) facilitate partnerships with other departments at WCSU with professional and undergraduate programs whose graduates will benefit from addiction internship placements and/or collaborative training events on substance use; 4) improve the behavioral workforce for our high risk and high need communities through facilitation of sponsored monthly interdisciplinary dialogs and annual trainings open to both the WCSU community and other community partners; and 5) position WCSU as an emerging leader in Connecticut in providing hands-on classroom and training for individuals interested in substance use treatment. The principal investigator of this grant is Lindsay Oberleitner, Ph.D. (Addiction Studies/Psychology). Other key faculty partners and investigators on this grant are: Shane Murphy, Ph.D. (Addiction Studies/Psychology), Nicholas Gallucci, Ph.D. (Addiction Studies/Psychology), Gabriel Lomas, Ph.D. (Counseling Psychology), and Bozena Padykula, EdD (Nursing). For more information on the Master of Science in Addiction Studies program, follow the link (


Congratulations to Dr. Kelli Custer, WCSU Writing Center Coordinator, for receiving the CSCU Board of Regents Teaching Award for state universities! (









WCSU, in collaboration with Southern Connecticut State University, is now offering a Master of Science degree in Integrative Biological Diversity! Dr. Pinou, Biology Professor at WCSU, said the program is also reaching out to other organizations that can share their areas of expertise.

“They include the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University; the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk; the Connecticut Audubon Society; Housatonic Valley Association; First Light Power Resources; and the Great Hollow Nature Preserve and Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield.” (

For more information about the program, follow the link (


*Archived News/Events

Recent Events:

Macricostas Lectures 2018-2019:

“Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece”

“Privacy, Security, and Safety in a Social Media World”











Pi Day Celebration

Pi Day Celebration