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Northwest Missouri State University

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Charles McAdams“The only constant is change." That axiom is as true today as it was 3,000 years ago when Heraclitus first used this phrase. A university must evolve if it is to efficiently prepare students to be productive citizens in an ever changing global economy.

Recent department realignment has a twofold purpose. First is to find lower administrative costs by combining academic departments in order to balance our budget in light of the 12.5% cut to our state appropriation. Second is to promote collaborations within program areas that share great commonality. Faculty will now be working together under a single department chair in areas where expanded collaborations are now much easier. Examples include the new Department of Fine and Performing Arts which combines the current departments of Art, Music, and Theatre. The new Department of Natural Sciences combines the current program areas of Biology, Chemistry/Physics, and Geology. The new Department of Humanities and Social Sciences combines the areas of History, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, and Geography. Faculty from Geography and History were already collaborating with colleagues from across campus to create opportunities in the new Comprehensive Crisis Response major.

Math and Computer Science and Information Systems are now a single department and Modern Languages is now a part of the Department of English and Modern Languages.  While colleagues will find opportunities to explore more interdisciplinary opportunities, students will continue to benefit from a talented and dedicated faculty committed to their success.

You have the opportunity to positively impact student success through your support of our programs. I look forward to talking with you about our exciting programs and the many opportunities for students that are worthy of your support.

Best wishes,

Charles McAdams

Dr. Charles McAdams, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

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