Dowling College’s School of Arts and Sciences is where your future begins. Here we prepare students for careers in fields that range from medicine and environmental science, to law and global leadership; from psychology and social work, to graphic/video game design and professional writing. But more than that, the School of Arts and Sciences will prepare you to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, to analyze data, and to understand how people and the world around them work—all skills essential for the public and private sector.
In fact, many private companies prefer their future employees to major in Arts & Sciences because of the broadly applicable training in thinking and communicating that it provides. As you prepare yourself for a work environment where you are likely to change careers several times, and work in a field that may not even exist yet, it is essential that your mind be adaptable, creative, and well trained.
Our programs increasingly emphasize internship and field components so prospective students are provided with work experience and can make the professional contacts that will help them be successful after college. And with over 12 new programs becoming available over the next few years, in areas ranging from Video Game Design and Sustainability Studies to Expressive Arts Therapy and Advertising, ours is one of the most cutting-edge curriculums on Long Island.
Our faculty of nationally recognized experts pride themselves on how closely they work with and mentor students. Dowling’s School of Arts and Sciences offers students a personal and personalized experience that simply cannot be matched.
There’s no better feeling than being successful doing what you love, and whether your goal is to build a successful career, a better world, or both, your future begins here. We look forward to helping you launch it!
Dr. Brian Stipelman, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Division of Arts and Humanities
The study of the arts and humanities is the study of how people use art, drama, literature, media, music, philosophy, and religion to understand and interpret human experiences. Within the school, students can major in Communication Arts, English, Graphic Design, Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Visual Arts.
Career outcomes typically focus on work that requires some form of communication, be it visual communication through art and design, written communication (creative writing, editing, journalism) or oral communication, as well as a sophisticated understanding of how human beings think and the ability to engage in analytic and critical reasoning—all skills that are the hallmarks of effective leadership in both the public and private sector.
Division of Math and Sciences
Studying Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Marine Sciences, Environmental Science, or Math affords the student the unique opportunities to interact closely with our esteemed faculty. In the classroom, faculty use imaginative and innovative approaches that not only communicate critical information, but also make the scientific topics come alive for the student. In the research laboratories, nationally renowned scientists at Dowling allow students to be involved in exciting, ground-breaking research.
The division of Math and Sciences serves as a gateway into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), lucrative professions that are constantly changing the world. Whether the students wish to become involved in medicine and human health, address issues of environmental sustainability, or learn to write the computer code that runs the world, their path begins with one of our math or science programs.
Division of Social Sciences
The study of social science is the study of human interactions. Why are societies structured the way they are? Why do people treat each other the way they do? Who has power and what do they do with it? If students want to understand how social phenomena impact people’s lives, they want to study social science.
Each program within social science studies a different aspect of human interaction, be it economic, historical, political, social, or psychological. The career opportunities touch upon every aspect of human life–whether students want to practice psychology, become social workers, get involved in business, go to law school, teach, or work for the government or non-profit organizations. The analytic and creative thinking, the written and verbal communication skills, and practical knowledge they will learn in our social science majors will prepare them to become leaders in any field.