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.

Spring Humanities Courses


SPRING 2022 COURSE: HUM 298: Ancient Greece in Art and Cinema

Meeting Time: M/TH 2:00-3:15

Pre-Req: None

Course Description: This course explores various themes in Ancient Greek history through film and art. We will read selected texts from Ancient Greek authors and see how stories in these texts have been translated and transmitted through artistic media. In class discussions, bi-weekly discussion board contributions, and a final paper, students will analyze several films and a number of artworks from antiquity to the present in terms of the historical contexts in which they were produced. In a class presentation on a famous figure from Ancient Greece, students will demonstrate their research and communication skills. By doing so, they will learn about the accuracies (and inaccuracies) in various historically-based films and artistic depictions and will appreciate the substantial influence that Ancient Greek civilization has had upon our own.


SPRING 2022 COURSE: HUM 398: Emperors, Philosophers, and Artists: Greek Culture in the Roman Period

Meeting Time: M, Th 12:30-1:45

Pre-Req: Any HUM course or permission of the instructor

Course Description: The Roman Empire was heavily influenced by Greek culture in multiple ways. During the so-called Pax Romana (27 BC-180 AD), a true Graeco-Roman culture developed which influenced subsequent periods in history, including our own. Greek culture was promoted as much by emperors and their agents as by the common people across the Roman Empire. Greek philosophical schools, especially Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Neo-Platonism, flourished under Roman rule and produced a number of important texts which are still read today. Artists of the time were inspired by Classical-period models but also added their own unique takes to their creations. In this course, we will examine several philosophical and literary texts from the Roman period and study the works of various sculptors, architects, and artists in order to understand the impact of Greek culture in the Roman world.

Fully Funded Travel Grants

2022 Summer Seminars at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Grant is open to any WCSU student enrolled in a MSAS major who is accepted by American School of Classic Studies at Athens (ASCSA) for a 2022 Summer Seminar


Apply directly to ASCSA for admission to the Summer Seminar at By January 7, 2022

Students should then inform the Dean’s Office that they applied by sending an email to Dr. Patrice Boily at

  • Vaccination requirement will follow WCSU policy.
  • The grant will cover ASCSA tuition and airfare. Students will be responsible for their own passports, and any meals not covered by seminar tuition, souvenirs, and incidentals.
  • Only students who are majors within the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences are eligible.
  • Students graduating in May 2022 can only enroll in the first summer program. because their status as a WCSU student will expire June 30th 2022.
  • Students graduating in December 2021 are not eligible.

If accepted by ASCSA, submit the information below to the Dean’s Office by email ( by Friday, March 4th at 5pm:

  • Student’s Name
  • Year (senior, junior, etc.)
  • Major
  • Summer Seminar acceptance notification
  • A one-page, double-spaced essay on the following prompt: How will this trip benefit you academically and/or prepare you for your future career?
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STEM Division

The STEM Division is comprised of 10 majors and 5 departments.

Humanities Division

The Humanities Division is comprised of 10 majors and 6 departments.

Social Science Division

The Social Science Division is comprised of 6 majors and 2 departments.


Dr. Michelle Brown / Dean


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Dr. Patrice Boily / Assistant Dean


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Cynthia Brockett / Administrative Assistant


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Contact the Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences by filling out the appropriate information below.


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