Dean: College of Arts and Sciences

A Message From the Dean
Candace Chambers

The College of Arts and Sciences lies at the heart of Maryville’s commitment to the purposeful integration of liberal arts and professional education. In addition to providing a strong liberal arts foundation for all students, the College offers more than 30 liberal arts and professional programs within its four major academic units: Social Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Art & Design. My goal as Dean of the College, a goal which I am proud to say is shared by all the faculty and staff within the College, is straightforward – to provide the richest and most meaningful educational experiences available to help our students grow intellectually, personally, spiritually, and socially.

We are here to help prepare you to become an informed, empowered, and inspired leader in your chosen profession, in your community, and in a global society. Our academic programs share several distinctive features to help us provide an exceptional learning environment with the richest, most meaningful and practical learning experiences possible. Among these distinctive features are the following:

  • A unique first-year program designed to integrate new students into an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive community of learners.
  • Outstanding opportunities for internship, practicum, research and service learning experiences that allow students to explore future careers and gain valuable practical, on-the-job experiences.
  • Short- and long-term study abroad opportunities to encourage students to explore and broaden their understanding of diverse cultures.
  • Small class sizes and an overall low student/faculty ratio to encourage individualized instruction and develop a community of learners among faculty and students.
  • Faculty advisors who works closely with students to guide and support them in their educational journey.
  • Highly engaging seminars in the prestigious Bascom Honors Program.

I am extremely proud of the distinguished faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, almost all of whom have doctorates or terminal degrees in their academic fields and all of whom are dedicated and talented teachers. The outstanding and growing reputation of these faculty attracts an increasingly bright, talented and diverse group of students to Maryville University each year. I know our current students are proud to be here and our many successful alumni look back on their Maryville experience with gratitude and appreciation. I encourage you to review our academic programs, contact us for additional information, and consider joining us in the coming year.

Candace Chambers, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences

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