College of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth (Beth) A. Gill, Dean;
Debra Instone, Associate Dean and Director of Assessment;
Barbara J. Porter, Associate Dean

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.  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)
Anthropology Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Art History Fine Arts
Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bioinformatics Computer Science
Biology Biology
Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Classics Classics
Communication Studies Communication Studies
Computer Science Computer Science
Creative Writing English
Criminal Justice Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Digtal Media Arts Communication Studies
Economics Economics (Wehle School of Business)
English English
Environmental Science Biology
Environmental Studies Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
European Studies Political Science
French Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
German Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
History History
International Relations Political Science
Journalism Communication Studies
Latin American Studies Political Science
Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics
Medical Laboratory Science Biology
Music Fine Arts
Philosophy Philosophy
Physics Physics
Political Science Political Science
Psychology Psychology
Religious Studies and Theology Religious Studies and Theology
Sociology Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Spanish Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Urban Studies Political 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