Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences website. As you navigate these pages, you will encounter a liberal arts curriculum that is ‌designed to stimulate the mind and the imagination while challenging students to develop the skills and competencies to succeed in a complex and dynamic world. Our programs of study not only awaken an appreciation of past traditions but also prepare students to meet present and future challenges. Our courses are designed so that students can experience a sense of fascination in the learning process and be encouraged to inquire deeply by taking intellectual risks.

The curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences is built around the Catholic Intellectual Traditions which lead students to make principled decisions and engage in the free exchange of ideas. At Sacred Heart University, the free exchange of ideas permeates the campus both within and beyond the classroom, in the dormitories, the dining halls and the locker rooms, which is the hallmark of a vibrant liberal arts education. To have those conversations and inquiries inspire and inform service of others with compassion and care is the hallmark of a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic Intellectual Traditions.

You will discover also that we have a world-class faculty engaged in the life of the mind with a deep devotion to teaching students. Students and faculty develop personal relationships based on mutual respect and a common interest in student success. The education offered by the College of Arts and Sciences helps everyone who passes through our doors to do no less than discover who they are, to find their unique voices and passions, and to develop an abiding concern for the world that inspires them to work towards the common good.

Two innovative programs that put these ideals into practice are the Freshman Year Experience and the Great Challenges Program. The Freshman Year Experience is anchored by freshman seminars taught by full-time faculty in classes of 15 students about topics of direct relevance to the lives of students and their future. Complementing the seminar is The Art of Reasoning, a foundational course covering the laws of logic and critical thinking. The Great Challenges Program offers multi-disciplinary minors on topics that reflect the great challenges of our time such as Equality, Wealth, and Philanthropy, Civics and Civil Society and Ecology and the Global Community. These Minors assist students in focusing their liberal arts curriculum around topics that the world must address for a viable future. In doing so, they prepare Sacred Heart graduates to become distinctive, responsible leaders in their professional careers. In addition to our Great Challenges minors, we offer multi-disciplinary minors in the Performing Arts, Middle-Eastern Studies, Latin American Studies, and Irish Studies. Our Irish Cultural Studies Program, supported by our campus in Dingle, Ireland, is emerging as one of the leading Centers for the study of Irish culture and history in the Northeast.

At the center of our Curriculum is The Human Journey, our Common Core. The Human Journey engages students in a multi-disciplinary understanding of the arts and sciences and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and is guided by four foundational questions: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to live a life of meaning and purpose? What does it mean to appreciate the natural world? What does it mean to forge a more just society for the common good? Our Common Core is studied and imitated by colleges and universities across the country.

Supplementing our innovative curricular offerings are ample opportunities for engaged learning and professional development through internships, service-learning, independent studies, study abroad, living-learning communities, undergraduate research, and the Thomas More Honors Program with our accomplished faculty. These opportunities for practical learning and career development are available through more than twenty undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs. Each department works in conjunction with the Career Development Office to provide students with the most informed and promising career opportunities available.

As you peruse the CAS website, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office with any questions that you have. Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart. Best wishes for educational success!

Robin Cautin, Ph.D.
‌‎‌Dean, College of Arts and Science