College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences

Elizabeth A. Gill, PhD headshot

Welcome to Canisius’ College of Arts and Sciences! Our College is home to 39 undergraduate and 3 graduate degree programs that encompass fine arts, the humanities, social, and natural sciences. Arts and Sciences is home to 118 full-time faculty members – among them nationally and internationally known scholars and researchers – all committed to the care, respect, and development of the whole person (cura personalis) through personalized mentoring and transformative experiential learning opportunities that characterize a Canisius education.

Canisius College and the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to the belief that a liberal arts and sciences education fuels lives of purpose, meaning, and creativity. The variety and vitality of the educational experience empower students to excel in a rapidly changing world, fostering civic and social engagement, self-awareness, and magis – the ability to do more and become more in the hope of offering greater service to others. If you study at Canisius, you will be challenged to achieve your full intellectual and moral potential through critical and analytical thinking and the examination of your own and others’ assumptions and values.

I invite you to explore all that the College of Arts and Sciences and Canisius have to offer. Read about our programs and course offerings, the fascinating projects that our professors pursue with students, and the amazing accomplishments of our students. No matter what they study, our students not only complete a degree in their chosen academic areas, they receive an education that lasts a life time. This unique educational experience at Canisius prepares our students to be reflective individuals, responsible citizens, and thoughtful professionals committed to the common good.

Elizabeth A. Gill, PhD

Mission Statement

The College of Arts & Sciences at Canisius provides an excellent liberal arts and sciences education by truly engaging students in the classroom, laboratory, studio, and broader community. As an integral part of a Catholic, Jesuit university the College of Arts & Sciences seeks to educate the whole person in preparation for service and leadership in a global society.

College of Arts & Sciences Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Animal Behavior, Ecology & Conservation


Art History






Communication Studies

Computer Science

Creative Writing

Criminal Justice

Digital Media Arts


Environmental Science

Environmental Studies

European Studies





International Relations


Latin American Studies

Mathematics & Statistics

Medical Laboratory Science

Modern Languages




Political Science


Religious Studies & Theology



Specialized Studies

Urban Studies

Graduate Programs


Communication & Leadership

Learning Goals and Objectives

The Learning Goals and Objectives for the College of Arts and Sciences mirror those of the Core Curriculum and can be found by clicking here.