Jul 28, 2021
Vision for the School of Arts & Science
The School of Arts & Science supports the mission of Iona College through its commitment to fostering academic excellence and intellectual inquiry rooted in the tradition of the liberal arts. Our faculty are a caring community of teacher-scholars, committed to the success of our students inside and outside the classroom. The School offers a diverse set of programs that are academically challenging with a career focus.
In furtherance of these commitments, the School strives to:
- provide an education that is current, student-centered, outcome-based, and involves an appropriate mix of classroom-based instruction, independent research, and internship or practical experience;
- equip students with the skills necessary for success in a rapidly changing environment: critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, problem solving, collaborative learning, ethical decision making, scientific, technological and aesthetic literacy;
- instill in students the habits of mind enabling them to possess our most precious human heritage: those ideas, beliefs, writings, and creative expressions that are the basis of intellectual, cultural, and moral development;
- deepen students’ self-awareness, reflectiveness, and commitment to a core of values that will illuminate both their personal relationships and their relationship to a pluralistic society with the qualities of intelligence, tolerance, decency, compassion, and appreciation of cultures others than their own;
- recruit, retain, and support the development of a faculty of exceptional teacher-scholars whose pedagogy is informed by research, experience, and scholarship.
(Revised, December 2012)
The School of Arts and Science offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the following majors: arts leadership, computer science; criminal justice; economics; English; history; international studies; mass communication; mathematics; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; sociology; speech communication; and speech language pathology and audiology.
The School offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the following majors: biology; biochemistry; chemistry; computer science; economics; education; environmental science; interdisciplinary science; mathematics; physics; and social work.
The School offers students the unique opportunity of earning both a bachelor and master degree over the course of five years. Programs are offered in Adolescence Education (biology, chemistry, English, social studies and Spanish), Chemistry and Computer Science, Economics and Computer Science, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, General-Experimental Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Please see individual departments for program information.
Most major programs also offer a minor concentration. In addition, there are minors in film studies, fine and performing arts, peace and justice, women’s studies, and writing, media and politics, neuroscience, security-threat assessments, and pre-law.
All candidates for a degree must complete the graduation requirements for undergraduate degrees indicated in this bulletin. The course requirements include the College core requirements, either the arts or science degree core as explained below, major requirements as listed for each major, and a number of electives.
The College core, required of all students, is explained in this catalog.
Science Degree Core
The degree core for candidates for the bachelor of science degree varies. Specific details are listed for each major program.
The requirements for each major are listed in this catalog.
The balance of each program is made up of electives which students may use to pursue a second major, a minor, or an area of academic interest. Some of these electives may be used to complete the liberal arts requirement: 90 credits for BA candidates and 60 credits for BS candidates. The overview of each major specifies the number of liberal arts electives required. Courses that do not fulfill the liberal arts requirement are those offered by the LaPenta School of Business, “professional” courses such as internships, and studio courses in the arts.
Double Majors and Minors
Some students may elect to major in a second discipline or to pursue a minor in a second area. In making their decision, students should be aware of College policy as indicated in this catalog.
The Departments of Biology, Political Science, and Religious Studies offer a major program in Environmental Studies (HEGIS 0420) leading to a B.A. degree. The major allows flexibility in designing a program around one of three distinct concentrations: Politics and Policy, Religious Studies, or Ecological and Environmental Literacy. In addition, the department offers core courses and electives.
Peace and Justice Studies
Iona College is committed to creating a diverse community of learners. Peace and Justice Studies is a minor that appeals and caters to a diverse group of students. The mission statement clearly states, “We commit ourselves to education within the rich heritage of these legacies, especially intellectual inquiry and the values of justice, peace and service.” With the revisions to the peace and justice studies minor, students will be exposed to the interconnections of peace, justice, and service.
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts