Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately three quarters of the university’s academic credits. The college is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The College’s twenty-one departments offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science.
Applied Learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the college’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed mentored research projects, internships and fellowships, service learning opportunities, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various stands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the college gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
The College strives in its undergraduate programs to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.
For more complete descriptions of academic programs offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, please see the departmental Web pages below.
- Art & Art History
- Biology & Marine Biology
- Chemistry & Biochemistry
- Communication Studies
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing
- Geography & Geology
- Environmental Studies
- Film Studies
- Foreign Languages & Literatures
- International Studies
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Philosophy & Religion
- Physics & Physical Oceanography
- Public & International Affairs
- Sociology & Criminology