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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.

Office of Career & Professional Development

The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Career and Professional Development offers advising, counseling, programming, and experiential opportunities to help students discover their strengths, explore career paths, and build essential skills needed to succeed in their professional career. Members of our professional development team works one-on-one with students to develop resumes and cover letters, search for jobs and internships, prepare for interviews, and more.

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.

Dean's Series

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Richard Greenwald, PhD, regularly moderates virtual discussions about how the College’s industry-forward arts and sciences programs meet today’s career challenges. During these lunchtime chats, guests learn how our faculty and staff are innovating to ensure every student in the College has access to a transformational Fairfield experience that prepares them to be engaged, global citizens. You can access recordings of Dean's Series virtual discussions here.

Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab

The Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab stands as a symbolic center for the College of Arts and Sciences, bridging its wide breadth of departments and academic programs. Its purpose is to provide students and faculty with a physical and digital gathering space for interdisciplinary research, instruction, and cross-pollination.

Humanities Institute

Created by an NEH Challenge grant in 1983, the Humanities Institute in the College of Arts & Sciences is an endowed initiative established to ensure that the humanities will flourish at the heart of a Fairfield University education. Since its inception, the endowment has funded hundreds of lectures, events, film series, workshops, and seminars, as well as most of our successful curricular and engagement initiatives. Over the past 30 years, the Humanities Institute has been one of the most significant sources of educational innovation and change at Fairfield University.

Science Institute

The Science Institute at Fairfield University is an endowed program in the College of Arts & Sciences that supports activities and programs in the areas of science and mathematics including innovative teaching, curriculum development, lectures, and seed grants for research, along with projects that promote the cultivation of an appreciation for scientific teaching and inquiry in the University and the community at large.

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. 2227
Scott Lacy, Associate Dean, ext. 2227
Glenn Sauer, Associate Dean, ext. 2227
Andrea Martinez, Senior Assistant Dean, ext. 2227
Colby Lemieux, 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: Anna-Marie Aksan, Director, ext. 2867 
Biology: Shelley Phelan, Chair, ext. 3120
Black Studies: Kris Sealey, 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. 2839 
English: Robert Epstein, Chair, ext. 2787
Environmental Studies:
Health Studies: Brian Walker, Director, ext. 346
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 Caribbean Studies: Sergio Adrada Rafael, Co-Director, ext. 3410; Jennifer Adair, Co-Director, ext. 2383
Mathematics: Irene Mulvey, Chair, ext. 2199
Modern Languages and Literatures: Joel Goldfield, Chair, ext. 2304
Peace and Justice Studies: Maggie Labinski, Director, ext. 2398
Philosophy: Sara Brill, Chair, ext. 2859
Physics: Jonathan Stott, Chair, ext. 3089
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: David Crawford, Chair, ext. 3454
Visual and Performing Arts: Marice Rose, Chair, ext. 3240
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Johanna Garvey, Director, ext. 2805

Administrative Assistant Contacts

American Studies: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Animal Facilities: Laura Dancho, ext. 2541
Asian Studies: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Bachelor of Liberal and Professional Studies: Dionne Gray-Wilson, ext. 2214
Behavioral Neuroscience: Jessica Tomcho, ext. 2926 
Biology: Laura Dancho, ext. 2541
Black Studies: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Chemistry/Biochemistry: Julie LaVecchia, ext. 2251 
Classical Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Communication: Dionne Gray-Wilson, ext. 2214
Core Writing: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Digital Journalism: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
English: Linda Miller, ext. 2810
Environmental Studies: Jennifer Costantini, ext. 2291
Health Professions/Studies: Laura Dancho, ext. 2541
History: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Humanitarian Action: Jennifer Costantini, ext. 2156
Irish Studies: Alexa Mullday, ext. 2412 
Italian Studies: Julie Garbarino, ext. 2418
Judaic Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Latin American & Caribbean Studies: Julie Garbarino, ext. 2418
Magis Core Curriculum: Jessica Tomcho, ext. 2926
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: Lissa Thompson, ext. 2564
Politics: Jennifer Costantini, ext. 2291
Psychology: Jessica Tomcho, ext. 2926
Public Relations: Dionne Gray-Wilson, ext. 2214
Religious Studies: Joann Ference, ext. 2156
Russian & East European Studies: Alexa Mullady, ext. 2412
Sociology & Anthropology: Dionne Gray-Wilson, ext. 2214
Visual and Performing Arts: Melissa Roberto, ext. 2459
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Linda Miller, ext. 2810

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