College of Arts and Sciences Overview
Location: Building 51, Room 3301
Phone: (904) 620-2560
Web Address: www.unf.edu/coas/
George Rainbolt, Dean
David Fenner, Associate Dean
Krista Paulsen, Associate Dean
Beth Clements, Assistant to the Dean
Allison Turner, Coordinator of Academic Services
Karla Calliste-Edgar, Coordinator of Budgets
Chellie Jones-Harris, Office Manager
Meg Vaysben, Assistant Director of Development
The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is:
- to provide learning opportunities of the highest quality to our students, both undergraduate and graduate, to develop their capabilities as critical and reflective thinkers, and to offer each occasions for transformative learning;
- to promote faculty engagement in pursuit and production of disciplinary significant and high quality scholarship — discovered and applied, global and local;
- to offer undergraduate and graduate programs that contribute to the successful achievement of our students’ ambitions, are responsive to and engaged with the communities of which the university is a part, and continue the tradition of an excellent liberal arts education;
- to dedicate the college's full range of resources to these goals.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the bedrock of the University of North Florida just as the liberal arts curriculum is at the very center of the University’s mission. What students acquire through their engagement with the liberal arts is a sense of their place within the universe, whether that universe is defined in physical, social, moral, or aesthetic terms. It is for this reason that general education, provided largely by the College of Arts and Sciences, remains to this day the foundation for all further University study; and it is why premier graduate and professional schools continue to give admissions preference to students who choose to major in one of the liberal arts even if they intend to pursue advanced study in a technical or professional field.
The curriculum of the College of Arts and Science is rich and deep. In the complex world of the 21st century, a grounding in the liberal arts is more urgent than ever as we encounter at an ever faster pace challenges to our experience and understanding that we could not have anticipated a short while ago.
The College of Arts and Sciences has nine graduate programs among its educational offerings. Masters degrees are offered in Biology, Criminal Justice, English, History, Mathematics/Statistics, Music, Public Administration, and Psychology (two degrees are offered in Biology). Given the mission of the University, many of these degrees are focused on the applied and practical; they are constructed to serve graduate students who seek to attain the advanced education necessary for securing high-quality employment or advancement. Many of our graduates occupy positions of leadership within the City of Jacksonville, regional industry, and UNF itself. Students seeking master’s degrees at UNF have also been very successful when they subsequently choose to pursue doctoral programs at other institutions. The College of Arts and Sciences has some of the most venerable and well established graduate programs in the University, and we take great pride in helping our graduate students meet their personal and professional aspirations.