Message from Dr. Yohuru Williams
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff and budding scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. In addition to being the oldest and largest of the University’s five schools, we are also the home to Fairfield’s Core Curriculum, the intellectual foundation of the Fairfield experience anchored in the liberal arts and deeply informed by Jesuit values of academic excellence and service. We take seriously our mission to create authentic learning opportunities for students that allow for “exploring the complexities of the human condition, experiencing the wonders of artistic creation, investigating the intricacies of the universe, and reflecting on the mysteries of the sacred – so that we may all do our part to promote a just and peaceful world."
With 15 departments and 18 programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is a showcase for the inspired teaching and innovative faculty research that makes Fairfield unique. With majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs spanning a wide variety of subjects and areas of academic inquiry, the opportunities to explore are limitless and uniquely position our students for success in an increasingly competitive job market where key skills such critical thinking and clear communication are highly valued. From taking the stage in a theater production to studying the impact of pollution on marine life, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the space to explore your passions. With close proximity to New York City and countless companies and service organizations, our internship programs further allow you to put theory into practice in the real world as part of your studies in the College.
We are confident that your time with us will not only prepare you for a rewarding career but an inspired life of service. As baseball legend Jackie Robinson once observed, “A life is not important, except in the impact it has on other lives.” The next four years may very well prove to be the most impactful time of your life. Be sure to make the most of your experiences here, but always remember your responsibility to lead by sharing what you have learned with others. It is great training as you begin the process through commitment, hard work, relationship building and service to, in the immortal words of Ignatius of Loyola, “Go forth and set the world on fire.”
Yohuru Williams, PhD
Professor of History
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences