College of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth (Beth) A. Gill, Dean;
Debra Instone, Associate Dean and Director of Assessment;
Barbara J. Porter, Associate Dean / Study Abroad, International Students and English as a Second Language

Mission Statement

The College of Arts & Sciences at Canisius provides an excellent liberal arts and sciences education by truly engaging students in the classroom, laboratory, studio, and broader community. As an integral part of a Catholic, Jesuit university the College of Arts & Sciences seeks to educate the whole person in preparation for service and leadership in a global society.

Academic Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers curricula leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees.  The undergraduate curricula provide programs in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, fine arts, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.  We offer 38 undergraduate majors in 18 academic departments.  Each program combines the liberal-arts objectives of the Core Curriculum with the specific goals of a student’s major field.

The College of Arts and Sciences also offers graduate programs leading to master of science degrees in either Communication and Leadership or Anthrozoology.

Undergraduate majors

Majors Department
Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC)Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC)
AnthropologySociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Art HistoryFine Arts
BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
BioinformaticsComputer Science
ChemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Communication StudiesCommunication Studies
Computer ScienceComputer Science
Creative WritingEnglish
Criminal JusticeSociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Digtal Media ArtsCommunication Studies
EconomicsEconomics (Wehle School of Business)
Environmental ScienceBiology
Environmental StudiesSociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
European StudiesPolitical Science
FrenchModern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
GermanModern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
International RelationsPolitical Science
JournalismCommunication Studies
Latin American StudiesPolitical Science
Mathematics and StatisticsMathematics and Statistics
Medical Laboratory ScienceBiology
MusicFine Arts
Political SciencePolitical Science
Religious Studies and TheologyReligious Studies and Theology
SociologySociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
SpanishModern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Urban StudiesPolitical Science

Additionally, there are three interdisciplinary majors offered that require preapproval before declaration through the deans office:

  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Specialized Studies

Undergraduate Minors

The many minors offered in the College of Arts and Sciences are identified in the descriptions of departmental offerings and available in the list of Undergraduate Minors A-Z.

Institutes and Centers

Also housed in the College of Arts and Sciences are:

  • The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership
  • The Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center
  • The George E. Schreiner Pre-Medical Center
  • The Institute for the Global Study of Religion
  • Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations