The School of Arts & Sciences is committed to fostering academic excellence through undergraduate and graduate studies in a broad range of academic areas in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. As the home of these academic programs, the School of Arts & Sciences is central to Providence College’s mission and identity as a liberal arts institution.
A lot! A degree in the liberal arts is valuable preparation for the workforce. The Association of American Colleges & Universities has prepared a report detailing the value employers see in a background in the liberal arts, as preparation for both entry-level positions and future career advancement.
The Spring 2013 edition of Providence College Magazine highlights five successful alumni whose career paths have been shaped by Providence College's liberal arts education. In addition, Dr. Vance Morgan, former director of the Development of Western Civilization Program, writes a passionate essay about the benefits of the liberal arts.
Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta, Dean
Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta, associate professor of chemistry, was appointed dean of the School of Arts & Sciences in 2009. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Adamus Liotta served as special assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. She also served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for eight years and has been a faculty member at the College since 1993. During this time, she has served on various committees, including the Chairs/Directors Task Force and the Committee on Academic Rank and Tenure. She served as co-chair of the self-study committee that helped the College gain reaccreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) in 2008.
Dr. Joan R. Branham, Associate Dean
Dr. Joan Branham, professor of art history, was appointed associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. She served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History for six years (2008-14) and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence for four years (2003-07). Dr. Branham continues to be active in her field, publishing on sacred space in late-antique Jewish and Christian art. She has served as Vice President (2006-12) and Chair of Fellowships (2004-present) of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and Acting Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School (2007-08).