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Pope Francis in America

​Faculty experts discuss the significance of Pope Francis' visit to America

Joan Branham Discusses Ancient Art and ISIS

​Dr. Joan Branham, Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences discusses the destruction of art by ISIS

Publishing Workshop

Arts & Sciences faculty members look on as guest editors Patrick Alexander and Julia Kostova present

Liberal Arts Task Force

​Dr. Charles Toth, Dept. of Biology, speaks at the Liberal Arts Task Force open forum in March

Arts & Sciences Events

​Check out the latest Arts & Sciences upcoming events.

Dean Liotta at the Liberal Arts Mural

​Dean Liotta participating in the 2014 St. Dominic Weekend festivities.

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.​​


What Can You do with a Liberal Arts Degree?

A lot! 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.


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.  

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).  

What's Happening?


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

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity