Academics

School of Arts and Sciences

We look to the Spring Arbor University Concept for the mission and vision of the School of Arts and Sciences. It reads: “Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning and critical participation in the contemporary world.” In calling for a “community of learners” who are committed to Jesus Christ as the “perspective for learning,” the Concept presents faith as a dynamic and ongoing process of personal development, continually enriched by reflection upon the Gospel of Christ. Learning is understood as an enduring commitment to explore new ideas, to undertake new challenges and to lead lives of holiness and integrity. Christian teachings offer the vital perspective on the acquisition and application of knowledge, not a static orthodoxy but a vibrant inspiration.

As it affirms the importance of participation in contemporary society, the Concept also stresses that applied learning needs to be anchored in the liberal arts. The general education requirements offer breadth and balance, acquainting students with the methodologies used by several disciplines to pursue knowledge.

Message from the School of Arts and Sciences

Message from the Dean

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the School of Arts and Sciences! As the largest School in the University, the School of Arts and Sciences provides most of the general education curriculum required of all undergraduate students.

In the School of Arts and Sciences, our goal is to equip students for competent and fulfilling service to God in a variety of Kingdom building capacities. As Christians, we want to “love God with all our minds, hearts, and souls.” The School of Arts and Sciences provides opportunities for growth in knowledge and understanding of God and His creation. Loving God with our minds requires the development of knowledge and skills. Foundational knowledge and practical experience are found in the various disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences. Loving God with our hearts involves our creative nature. This nature is enhanced as we contemplate the great ideas of times past and find fulfillment in the beauty we produce for God’s glory today. Loving God with our souls requires a passion to live a life of love, reflecting Christ’s love for us, doing justice and working to alleviate suffering, “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”

The goals of the School of Arts and Sciences at SAU really are goals for the Christian life. As God’s workmanship, we are to be good stewards of all He has placed in our trust. Developing our minds, caring for our bodies, and enriching our spirits and souls are life-long undertakings and are honoring to God and examples to the world.

Let your particular interests, talents, and gifts guide you to one or more of the 46 programs in our 13 dynamic departments in the School of Arts and Sciences. We invite you to browse this site to learn more about our exciting and cutting edge programs!

Departments

The School of Arts and Sciences is divided into 13 academic departments and within those departments are specific concentrations. See the list below.

Art Department

Biology/Chemistry Department

Communication and Media Department

English Department

Health, Human Performance and Recreation

History/Political Economy/Geography/Social Studies Department

Mathematics/Computer Science/Physics Department

Music Department

Psychology Department

Social Work Department

Sociology, Global Studies and Criminal Justice Department

Theology Department

World Languages Department