College of Notre Dame of Maryland’s Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to establish a School of Arts and Sciences in the fall. The School of Arts and Sciences will focus on undergraduate programs and the College’s commitment to the liberal arts.
Establishing a School of Arts and Sciences recognizes the strong liberal arts programs that currently exist at College of Notre Dame. Those programs will be organized under the “umbrella” of a school structure, just as the School of Pharmacy and School of Education organize their respective programs.
College of Notre Dame established its first school, a School of Pharmacy in 2007, which welcomes its inaugural class of 70 students in the fall. In October 2008 the board approved the establishment of the School of Education that will offer programs at the baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral level.
A School of Arts and Sciences makes College of Notre Dame similar to the College’s benchmark peers which have separate college or school structures to organize their academic areas.
A dean of arts and sciences will be appointed within the year to provide focused academic leadership for the core undergraduate liberal arts disciplines.
“Establishing a School of Arts and Sciences emanates from our mission and reflects our commitment to the liberal arts,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., president of College of Notre Dame. “The School will embody the traditional curricular liberal arts programs which will enable us to bring a clearer academic focus to the Women’s College, Weekend College and Accelerated College.”