Colleges and Schools

Academic affairs

Dr. Robert Prezant
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome to Southern Connecticut State University and the Office of Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs is comprised of the institution’s five academic schools and colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, and Graduate and Professional Studies.

The purpose of graduate study is to provide for advanced and specialized learning under the direction of scholars and practitioners in full command of their disciplines. Concentrated, in-depth, graduate study not only provides the trained workforce for society's special needs but also contributes to the essential knowledge base for addressing and solving society's problems. Graduate study is a commitment to intellectual freedom,   to personal integrity, and to respect for the freedom and integrity of others.


Dr. Bruce Kalk
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences 

Steeped in great educational traditions, the College of Arts and Sciences promotes the study of the liberal arts as a progressive, imaginative, and useful way to understand and participate in our rapidly evolving global society. Through the study of the Literature, History, Philosophy, Languages, the Social/Natural Sciences and the Fine/Performing Arts, the College seeks to cultivate the mind and the imagination.

The College of Arts and Sciences houses twenty academic departments and three interdisciplinary programs which offer a broad range of majors, minors, concentrations, and accreditations. Prospective students interested in becoming teachers will find teaching certification offered in twelve departments. All students will be prepared to be technical, independent, collaborative, creative and insightful citizens beyond the professional environment.


Biology Physics
Chemistry and Biochemistry Political Science 
Computer Science Psychology
English  Sociology
Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences   Women's and Gender Studies
 History World Languages and Literatures


Dr. Kari Sassu 
Interim Dean of the College of Education

The College of Education, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), is a professional college whose mission is to develop outstanding educators and practitioners.  It represents the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at SCSU.

Programs emphasize collaborating within and across diverse contexts, applying skills to impact learning and development, leading for excellence, and learning through inquiry, experience, and reflection. The faculty seek to prepare teachers grounded in practical and theoretical knowledge, who demonstrate the commitment, responsibility, and awareness that promote continuous improvement of the communities in which we all work and live. This mission is reflected in all components of the College's curriculum.

The College of Education is responsible for preparing teachers, school administrators, other school professionals, and community mental health counselors to work with individuals from PK to adulthood. The faculty maintain high standards of excellence in its programs, and seek to develop graduates committed to lifelong learning, intellectual honesty, personal integrity, and respect for the rights and freedoms of others.

The College of Education, alone and in partnership with other colleges, offers a variety of programs leading to Bachelor of Science degrees that also prepare students for Connecticut teacher certification.

For more information about admission to these programs, please visit Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs.

All students must adhere to the academic standards for Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs. In addition, certification candidates must meet the requirements in effect on the date the CSDE receives the certification application. For more information about these requirements, please visit Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs.


Counseling and School Psychology  
Curriculum and Learning  
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies  
Information and Library Science  
Special Education  


Dr. Sandra Bulmer
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services is comprised of over 25 distinct disciplines housed within departments, along with centers, clinics, and institutes on campus. Our faculty and students partner with our community to achieve health and human services priorities and meet current workforce needs. We accomplish our educational mission through interdisciplinary education, practice-based learning, and student access to outstanding faculty educators.

Students gain a solid foundation for pursuing graduate study in their particular field. All programs require a strong liberal arts base as a prerequisite to professional course work. In addition to theory focused courses in the major, students in each program participate in community-based clinical training, field practice, and internships. Students have opportunities to engage in meaningful work with clients/consumers while they simultaneously acquire the skills and values of their profession. Faculty members and students learn together and explore how practice, research, and theory interact as they respond to such community health and human service issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, family violence, illness and disease, natural disasters, elderly recreation services, access to primary health care, human performance, athletic training, nutrition and poverty, as well as social and racial injustices.


Communication Disorders  
Health and Movement Sciences  
Marriage and Family Therapy  
Public Health  
Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management  
Social Work  


Dr. Jess Boronico
Dean of the School fo Business

The School of Business offers the M.B.A. degree with concentrations in accounting, finance, healthcare administration, international business, management, and marketing; as well as a multidisciplinary program that prepares individuals for leadership positions in business, non-profit, or governmental organizations. Certificates in Business Analytics, Healthcare Administration, and Human Resource Management are also offered.


Business Administration


Dr. Julia Irwin
Interim Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies

The Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies has primary responsibility for administering the policies and procedures relating to graduate study at the university. Graduate School policy is made by the Graduate Faculty, acting through its representative body, the Graduate Council. Although the Graduate Dean and the Graduate Council exercise general responsibility for the development and recommendation of policies, procedures, requirements and standards of graduate study, the operation of individual programs and the advisement of students are the primary responsibilities of the respective academic and professional departments, schools, and colleges.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.

Mission Statement

The University currently offers Doctoral degrees, Master's degrees, and Certificates that are fully integrated into acedemic departments in four Schools and Colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Health and Human Services. Working for the faculty, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is committed to providing access to its programs and services for qualified students of all racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds and to extending selected graduate programs and services throughout the state of Connecticut and beyond.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies works in concert with the Graduate Council, Provost, and the School and College Deans to:

  • Act as an advocate for graduate education throughout the university and across the state;
  • Continuously assess the graduate student experience and administrative policies;
  • Promote innovation through new program development, interdisciplinary connections, and community partnerships; and,
  • Help prepare graduates to serve as leaders for the state, the nation, and internationally.

Vision Statement

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies will provide vision and leadership to position graduate education as the foundation for personal and professional growth. The School of Graduate and Professional Studies will enhance the student experience by fostering connections across academic disciplines and strengthening external partnership opportunities to bridge theoretical study with professional application. Guided by the principles of the University Strategic Plan, the School will build an accessible and transformative learning community that nurtures research, scholarship, creativity, and innovation.