About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit at Northern, with about one-third of Northern students majoring in programs through the college.

​Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern State University.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at NSU, accounting for approximately one third of all NSU students and faculty. In addition to providing the foundation of the academic experience for all NSU students, the college also offers students the opportunity to pursue a wide range of majors, minors, and certificates offered through its departments of Science and Mathematics; History and Social Sciences; and Languages, Literature, and Communication Studies. More details can be found in the Departments and Programs section.

While each program features its own distinct strengths, there are several experiences common to all CAS majors, and of course for the many other students taking CAS classes. One example is a commitment to small, student-centered classes that foster active learning where students and their professors work together to sustain a challenging, innovating, and motivating environment.

The college is also extremely fortunate to have a cadre of dedicated and highly trained faculty and staff committed to that mission. This dedication is reflected in the numerous accolades and awards received by CAS faculty, including several recipients of Northern State University’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Beyond the classroom, CAS faculty remain engaged with their disciplines by pursing a range of research awards, academic publications, and other scholarly activities.

Another common feature of CAS programs is offering students significant flexibility to individualize and expand their educational pursuits. Many students use this opportunity to double major or combine a major with one or more of the college’s minors or certificates. CAS students also have the chance to enrich their education with a variety of other activities outside the classroom, including participation in student organizations, community service, and field research both locally, across the country, and even abroad. Internships, in particular, have proven to be a transformative experience that allows CAS students to gain some professional experience working in the public and private sectors, as well as a range of non-profit and civic organizations.

Taken together, the programs that make up the College of Arts and Sciences cultivate a stimulating academic environment dedicated to helping students develop the combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to achieve their careers objectives or pursue advanced graduate or professional degrees.

To understand and act within a world marked by rapid and often unforeseen change will require people capable of critical thinking, articulate communication, and effective leadership. Those are, in essence, the foundations of the College of Arts and Sciences and its programs.

Dr. Joshua Hagen

Dean, NSU College of Arts and Sciences