College of Arts & Sciences

Applied Learning

Coming July 2023: Two New Colleges 

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is entering a transitional period in July 2023 with the start of two new colleges, emerging from the existing CAS college structure: one college with a strategic focus on social sciences, humanities, and the arts and the other college focused on computing, engineering, and science 

College with a strategic focus on Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts * 

  • Anthropology 
  • Art and Art History 
  • Communication Studies 
  • Creative Writing 
  • English 
  • Film Studies 
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Music 
  • Philosophy and Religion 
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Sociology and Criminology 
  • Theatre 
  • World Languages and Cultures 
  • Gender Studies & Research Center 
  • Graduate Liberal Studies 

College with a strategic focus on Computing, Engineering and Science * 

  • Biology and Marine Biology 
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 
  • Environmental Sciences 
  • Mathematics and Statistics 
  • Physics and Physical Oceanography 
  • Psychology 
  • Pre-Engineering (2+2) 

The search processes (supported by Isaacson, Miller) for the two new college deans are underway, with an anticipated start date of July 1. 

* The college names are under consideration through an internal process with the CAS faculty and staff. An announcement will be made in Spring 2023 once the process is finalized. 

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. 

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (marine biology and psychology).

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to apply knowledge to broader, real-world or situations.

  • Find more information about the departments and degree programs, research opportunities, and regional partnerships that form CAS inside this publication.

    CAS Overview