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Fairfield University’s College of Arts and Sciences grounds students in the 500-year-old Jesuit tradition of academic rigor and personal reflection, while providing them with the critical skills needed to succeed in work and life. No matter which program you choose, you’ll work closely with our passionate faculty and have the opportunity to study abroad, participate in civic engagement, and conduct hands-on research across a variety of disciplines including arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences.

Undergraduate Research

The College of Arts and Sciences empowers and encourages undergraduate students from all disciplines to conduct innovative, in-depth, and collaborative research under the guidance and encouragement of faculty experts. Each year, more than 300 faculty-student research projects are conducted in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the humanities, arts, and social sciences, more than half of which are presented at national scholarly meetings and/or published in professional journals and manuscripts.


Each year, hundreds of students in the College of Arts and Sciences earn academic credit for internships in which they apply classroom lessons to the professional world, gain job experience, explore different careers, and make contacts that can lead to employment opportunities after graduation.


Once you attend Fairfield University, you're a Stag for life. Your connection to Fairfield transcends the gates of North Benson Road and follows you far beyond the borders of Connecticut. But before you go out into the world to pursue your dreams, our supportive faculty and professional student network will provide everything you need to meet your career objectives and achieve your personal goals.

Administration & Faculty

At Fairfield, we pride ourselves on the the excellence of our programs and faculty. Faculty members are experts in the field and work diligently to provide a simulation-focused approach to their teaching. Faculty advisors work closely with students to provide academic advice, individualized attention, and career planning. Small classes are a key component to the program, simulating clinical practice to give students a real-world sense of life in the industry.

Community Engagement

Community partnerships play a vital role in supporting student learning through participation in service and civic engagement. Fairfield University strives to continually strengthen its relationships with community organizations so that we can offer our students a variety of mutually beneficial opportunities that include service learning, internships, work-study, and volunteering.

Bellarmine Scholars

The Bellarmine Scholars program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides a unique opportunity for students to study abroad in Florence, Italy during their sophomore year. The program offers students an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and broadens their awareness and understanding of the role that cultural heritage plays in customs and lifestyles.

Contact Us

Interested in one of Fairfield University's programs? Contact us using the faculty list below.

College of Arts and Sciences

Fairfield University Main Number (203) 254-4000


Dean's Office

Richard Greenwald, Dean, ext. 2246
Elizabeth Petrino, Associate Dean, ext. 2227
Glenn Sauer, Associate Dean, ext. 2227
Andrea Martinez, Assistant Dean, ext. 2227
Jean Daniele, Manager of CAS Operations, ext. 2227

Faculty Contacts

American Studies: Peter Bayers, Director, ext. 2797
Applied Ethics: David Schmidt, Director, ext. 2837
Asian Studies: Danke Li, Director, ext. 2353
Biology: Shelley Phelan, Chair, ext. 3120
Black Studies: Johanna Garvey, Co-Director, ext. 2805; Kris Sealey, Co-Director, ext. 3020
Catholic Studies: Paul Lakeland, Director, ext. 2492
Chemistry/Biochemistry: Matthew Kubasik, Chair, ext. 2122
Classical Studies: Giovanni Ruffini, Director, ext. 2017
Communication: Sean Horan, Chair, ext. 2858
English: Robert Epstein, Chair, ext. 2787
Environmental Studies: James Biardi, Director, ext. 3465
Health Studies: Geoff Church, Director, ext. 2485
History: Patricia Behre, Chair, ext. 2212
Humanitarian Action: Janie Leatherman, Director, ext. 3429
International Studies: David Crawford, Director, ext. 3454
Irish Studies: Bill Abbott, Co-Director, ext. 2514; Marion White, Co-Director ext. 3021
Italian Studies: Sara Diaz, Director, ext. 3302
Judaic Studies: Gavriel Rosenfeld, Director, ext. 3198

Latin American and Carribean Studies: Sergio Adrada Rafael, Co-Director, ext. 3410; Jessica Planas, Co-Director, ext. 2738
Mathematics: Irene Mulvey, Chair, ext. 2199
Modern Languages and Literatures: Jiwei Xiao, Chair, ext. 3475
Peace and Justice Studies: Maggie Labinski, Director, ext. 2398
Philosophy: Sara Brill, Chair, ext. 2895
Physics: Angela Biselli, Chair, ext. 2192
Politics: David Downie, Chair, ext. 3504
Psychology: Margaret McClure, Chair, ext. 2079
Religious Studies: John Slotemaker, Chair, ext. 3127
Russian and Eastern European Studies: David McFadden, Director, ext. 2871
Sociology and Anthropology: Eric Mielants, Chair, ext. 2783
Visual and Performing Arts: Marice Rose, Chair, ext. 3240
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Anna Lawrence, Director, ext. 2281

Administrative Assistant Contacts

American Studies: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Asian Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Biology: Laura Dancho, ext. 2541
Black Studies: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Classical Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Communication: Michelle Lesko, ext. 2214
Digital Journalism: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Economics: Jessica Tomcho, ext. 2291
English: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Environmental Studies: Laura Dancho, ext. 2541
Health Studies: Laura Dancho, ext. 2541
History: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
International Studies: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Irish Studies: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Italian Studies: Julie Garbarino, ext. 2418

Judaic Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Latin American & Caribbean Studies: Julie Garbarino, ext. 2418
Mathematics: Mary Beth Mayer, ext. 2515
Modern Languages and Literatures: Julie Garbarino, ext. 2418
Peace & Justice Studies: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Philosophy: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Physics: Julia LaVecchia, ext. 2564
Politics: Jessica Tomcho, ext. 2291
Psychology: Joan Patrick, ext. 2926
Public Relations: Michelle Lesko, ext. 2214
Religious Studies: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Russian & East European Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Sociology & Anthropology: Michelle Lesko, ext. 2214
Visual and Performing Arts: Melissa Roberto, ext. 2459
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412

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