Colleges and Schools

academic affairs

Dr. Robert Prezant
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Website: https://inside.southernct.edu/academic-affairs 

Welcome to Southern Connecticut State University and the Office of Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs is comprised of the institution’s four academic schools and colleges at the undergraduate level: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services.

The university strives to maintain a high standard of excellence in its programs and seeks to instill in its students a desire for continuing self-education and self-development. Each college and school at the university has developed its programs in accordance with the highest national standards of their respective fields. Keeping in mind that exploration is the key to an academic life and the life of a student, we also offer Exploratory Studies and General Studies that span across all colleges, schools, and departments.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Dr. Bruce Kalk
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Website: https://www.southernct.edu/arts-sciences 

The College of Arts and Sciences lies at the heart of the university and is dedicated to providing its students the highest quality liberal education while encouraging their lifelong pursuit of critical, analytical, and creative thinking. Through the study of Literature, History, Philosophy, Languages, the Social/Natural Sciences and the Fine/Performing Arts, the College seeks to cultivate the mind and the imagination.  The study of Liberal Arts & Sciences encourages the pursuit of truth, meaning, and beauty; fosters curiosity; expands a love for learning; and encourages intellectual risk by challenging the known and exploring the unknown. The College celebrates a free exchange of ideas—those whose foundations are supported by logical evidence as well as those illuminated in moments of great inspiration and creativity. Ultimately, the goals of a liberal education are to promote free and independent thought, self-respect, tolerance, and social responsibility.

The College houses 20 academic departments and five interdisciplinary programs which offer a broad range of majors, minors and concentrations. Prospective secondary school teachers may receive teaching certification by enrolling as a Bachelor of Science major in one of 9 departments. All students are encouraged to explore classes across the curriculum, for a liberal education is not focused merely on the vocational, rather it provides the broadest grounding for finding a vocation by preparing students to be independent, creative, insightful and able citizens of the world.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES

Anthropology Judaic Studies
Art Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Biology Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Communication, Media, and Screen Studies Philosophy
Computer Science Physics
Earth Science Political Science
English Psychology
Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences Sociology
First Year Experience Theatre
History Women's and Gender Studies 
Interdisciplinary Studies World Languages and Literatures
Journalism  

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Dr. Stephen Hegedus
Dean of the College of Education
Website:  https://www.southernct.edu/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 students with a previous bachelor's degree, the College also offers Post-Baccalaureate Educator Preparation Programs. 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.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES

Curriculum and Learning                
Information and Library Science  
Special Education   

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Dr. Sandra Bulmer
Dean of the College of Health and Human Services
Website:  https://www.southernct.edu/health-human-services 

The College of Health and Human Services is comprised of 17 distinct disciplines housed within departments, along with centers, clinics, and institutes on campus. Each discipline partners 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. These disciplines include: Communication disorders, speech-language pathology, athletic training, exercise & sport science, physical education, school health education, healthcare studies, health science, respiratory therapy, marriage and family therapy, nursing, public health, social work, recreation management, therapeutic recreation, sport management, and tourism, hospitality & event management.

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.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES

Communication Discorders  
Health and Movement Sciences  
Healthcare Studies  
Nursing  
Public Health  
Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management  
Social Work  

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Dr. Jennifer Robin
Dean of the School of Business
Website: https://www.southernct.edu/business 

The School of Business offers a business major with concentrations in accounting, business economics, finance, human resources management, international business, management, business information systems, marketing, and public utilities management leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. The program builds on a strong foundation in liberal arts and offers an in-depth knowledge in a particular business area. The Business Administration Program prepares students both for graduate study in economics, business administration, or law and for seeking entry-level professional positions in business, industry, and government. In addition, the Department of Economics in the School of Business offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. 

A student interested in a degree in the School of Business, whether a freshman or a transfer student, should consult a faculty adviser or the dean of the School of Business.  In addition, the School of Business offers the M.B.A. degree in business administration.

Students enrolled in other schools or colleges at SCSU are welcome to take business courses provided they meet all prerequisites. However, students from other schools or colleges are allowed to take a maximum of 30 credits of coursework in the School of Business. Exceptions to this policy may be granted only with the written permission by the dean of the School of Business.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES

Accounting  
Business Information Systems  
Economics  
Finance  
Management and International Business  
Marketing