Welcome to the School of Arts & Sciences

We prioritize experiential learning, enabling students to engage in hands-on activities, field studies, research, service learning, and internships. These experiences foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and real-world application. Our school integrates the sciences, humanities, and arts to create a vibrant and holistic learning environment. 

Our faculty, known for their dedication and expertise, work closely with students in small class settings—providing personalized attention and guidance throughout the student academic journey.

Our school fosters interdisciplinary approaches across arts, humanities, social sciences, and the natural, physical, and health sciences. From Biology and Chemistry to Geosciences and Psychology, our programs equip students with technical proficiency, critical thinking abilities, and practical knowledge for various industries and healthcare careers. Our departments, like Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, and Sociology, empower students with creative problem-solving, effective communication, and a nuanced understanding of cultural and environmental complexities.

Our students benefit from engaging in fieldwork, internships, and community collaborations. They graduate with a well-rounded education and the confidence to thrive in their chosen fields. They secure positions in industries, research laboratories, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and healthcare, actively contributing to their communities.

Embark on a transformative educational journey in the Arts & Sciences department at Fort Lewis College.

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About Sarah Shultz, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Dawn MulhernDean Shultz joins Fort Lewis College as the Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences.  She has most recently served as Interim Dean for the Marjorie K Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth University (New Jersey) and Chair of the Kinesiology Department at Seattle University (Washington).  She has also been Associate Dean, International for the College of Health at Massey University (New Zealand).  She received her BA in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University (Pennsylvania).  
Dr. Shultz has published over 75 books and articles on the orthopedic complications of childhood obesity, physical activity interventions in vulnerable populations, and STEM education outreach.  Her work in community and advocacy includes being Chair of the Steering Committee for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (a CDC-supported coalition promoting effective policy solutions for OA) and a board member for Pushing Boundaries (a non-profit organization providing exercise therapy for the paralysis community).  
Dean Shultz is excited to serve in this leadership role at such a fantastic college. She joins a faculty and staff focused on achieving incredible opportunities for our students and is looking forward to supporting the School of Arts and Sciences in new ways.

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