The Concordia College School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) encompasses the largest, most diverse school at the college. Arts and sciences offers the full range of undergraduate programs associated with a liberal arts education – humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as preprofessional programs. The breadth of programs in the arts and sciences is the hallmark of a liberal arts education.

What is the School of Arts and Sciences?

The School of Arts and Sciences is the core foundation and heart of the identity of the liberal arts college of the ELCA. All students complete the Core Curriculum, a broad foundation characteristic of a liberal arts approach to education. As such, all Concordia students in the three schools, no matter their major, are students in the SAS. This affirms the key principle: Three Schools, One College. The 18 departments and nine interdisciplinary programs offer a wide array of subjects of study. Students are equipped with a wide variety of skills, including effective communication, critical thinking, and the ability to work collaboratively.

“The School of Arts and Sciences is the heart of Concordia’s identity as a liberal arts college. Our expert faculty and community of scholars, artists, scientists and professionals from across the full range of disciplines work closely with our students to help them actively engage in their education and the world."
Dr. George Connell, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

An Arts and Sciences Education

Many students combine majors and minors across the broad areas of the arts and sciences. The range and diversity of the programs give students opportunities to discover their own aptitudes and interests. A variety of interdisciplinary programs in the SAS allows students to draw resources from very different disciplines to better understand complex, multifaceted topics. Rich extracurricular opportunities associated with many programs include participation in music ensembles, theatre productions, competitive speech, and more. Many undergraduate research opportunities allow students to work with active scholars on substantive research projects. The SAS prepares students for life beyond college in both personal and professional domains nurturing flexibility and adaptability to cope with the uncertain, dynamic, complex world.