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Central to a Liberal Arts Institution

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 and 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.

Undergraduate Studies

Image Study in the arts and sciences leads students to a better understanding of the human condition and the natural world. It also prepares students exceptionally well for life after college, whether students wish to prepare for post-graduate study or to enter the work force immediately after graduation.

Graduate Studies

Image Providence College’s focus on excellence in undergraduate education carries over to graduate studies. Our faculty members in all of our master’s degree programs strive to know our students and to help them grow academically and personally.

Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta, Dean

​Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta, associate professor of chemistry​, was appointed the first dean of the School of Arts & Sciences in 2009. Adamus Liotta most recently served as special assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. She served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for eight years.

Adamus Liotta 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).  


School of Arts & Sciences
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 147
Phone: 401-865-2600
Fax: 401-865-2603

Tina Atkinson
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 401-865-2120

Dr. Joan R. Branham
Associate Dean
Phone: 401-865-1789

Dr. Sheila Adamus Liotta
Phone: 401-865-2600

Prospective Students

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