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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Discover and nurture your innate gifts in a welcoming community where you will explore the fundamental questions of human existence as you prepare yourself for meaningful work and leadership.

Contact Information

Paula A. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Dean, College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, Psychology

508-767-7550

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the perfect place to begin your educational journey. Grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition, we promote the liberal arts and sciences as foundational to all academic programs. Our unique CORE curriculum challenges you to consider the importance of morality in our modern world and discover your unique meaning and purpose while also deepening the reading, writing, and communication skills necessary for success in your career, personal life, and community.  

Choose from one of the 26 majors we offer, ranging from new and emerging fields like cybersecurity, neuroscience, and communication and media to traditional arts and humanities such as graphic design and philosophy, to social sciences like criminology and psychology. You’ll have access to state-of-the art computer and research facilities, quiet nooks for reading and contemplation, caring professors to help you reach your full potential, and numerous community sites for internships and service learning.

Come join us to learn, grow, lead, and serve.

Paula Fitzpatrick

Paula A. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Dean, College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences

Shining Their Light

Mikaela Newman

Psychology 2021
Research Fellow, Assumption College Learning and Memory Lab

As a research fellow, I gained valuable knowledge on compiling a research study and analyzing data.

My coursework at Assumption, especially psychology classes, provided a strong foundation and allowed me to be a more effective research assistant. The professors are always willing to get to know students and help them succeed to the best of their ability.
Timothy Tierney

Criminology 2020
Researched how police interactions are perceived by different groups of people and the correlating relationships with law enforcement / Intern, Worcester Police Department

Assumption has laid the foundation for me to be successful in the next part of my life.

At my internship, I learned the everyday tasks of an officer and federal agent. I experienced how investigations take place and the different methods of surveillance utilized in law enforcement. I feel very prepared for the various aspects of the field I want to pursue.
Natalia Kaczor

Community Service-Learning 2020
Research & Development / Quality Control Intern, Randolph Products

Community Service Learning provided me with both intellectual growth and community involvement

Through my CSL course worked with Ascentria, I created a presentation to aide teen immigrants with the impact of culture shock in Worcester. Hearing their personal accounts made me appreciate the diversity of our community and realize the importance of public outreach.
Cassandra Miller

Psychology 2020
Clinical Counseling Intern, Open Sky Community Services

I was constantly provided opportunities from my professors and the CDIC to further my education.

This was how I was able to obtain my internship at Open Sky and eventually my license as a registered behavior technician. You never know when an opportunity will pass, and Assumption provides so many.
Brianna Rondeau

Psychology 2020
Clinical Student Intern, UMass Medical School; Relief Counselor, Open Sky Community Services; Pursuing Master of Social Work at Bridgewater State University

I took what I learned in class and saw it come to life through my internship.

I learned how to advocate for myself and how to work with patients - a skill I will utilize in graduate school. I believe Assumption and the people here have made me search for myself and understand what I am meant to do.
Meghan Foster

Psychology 2020
Emergency Mental Health Intern, UMass Memorial Hospital; Mental Health Counselor, Walden Behavioral Care; Pursuing Master of Science in Mental Health at UMass Boston

Through Assumption, my clinical experience at UMass landed me my first post-grad job.

Assumption’s supportive, inclusive, and positive atmosphere sets it apart from any other institution. Assumption provided me with endless opportunities for research, conference presentations, and clinical experiences which all aided in my success and has allowed me to excel.
Samantha Surowiec

History 2021
Researcher, American Antiquarian Society; Research Fellow, Assumption Honors Program

Assumption is a place where you will grow as a student, a person, and a member of society.

With the guidance and encouragement from faculty and my peers, it was possible for me to participate in incredible research and fellowship opportunities. I’ve been able to reach my fullest potential as a student here and will carry with so many invaluable experiences.
Travis Butler

Biology 2020
Complex Systems Researcher, Assumption's Department of Biological and Physical Sciences

Assumption gave me the work ethic and communication skills needed for a wide variety of experiences.

I've given lectures in Massachusetts and at an international conference in Greece. These are achievements I couldn’t have reached without Assumption’s support and cultivation of these skills within me.
Skyler Hesch

Community Service-Learning 2020
Double major in English Literature and English Writing and Mass Communications and double minor in Education and Community Service Learning

My CSL experiences inspired me to be the difference, find my passion, and live a life that matters

From soup kitchens to after school programs to nursing homes to food pantries to thrift shops, minoring in CSL opened my eyes to the needs of others in my community as well as my own ability to make a difference and have a positive impact on those around me every day.
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An Ideal Place to Learn

Faculty Feature

Marc Guerra


Theology, CTEQ

Forging lifelong friendships between students, teachers, great ideas and Great Books. That is CTEQ.

Liberal education is more than a path to a good career. It is a humanizing gateway to discovering who we are and what makes us truly happy. Offering select seminars, trips abroad, and student symposia, CTEQ never loses sight of this basic truth.
Regina Kuersten-Hogan


Psychology

Learning beyond the classroom and gaining hands-on experiences during internships in Psychology

An internship is so much more than just another class. Students transform during their experiences working in the field. These real-world experiences help them gain greater clarity on life goals and open doors to jobs and graduate schools after they complete our program.
Richard Bonanno


Italian

Italian provides many opportunities to engage learners in an interdisciplinary voyage of discovery.

I adopt non-traditional methods of teaching by leading a scavenger hunt at the Worcester Art Museum, hosting a bookmaking workshop, producing digital media with students, or directing a course of study on our Rome Campus uniting Environmental Science and Italian Literature.
David Crowley


Biology

Collaborative research with undergrads exemplifies the best of learning and mentoring at Assumption.

Whether it’s through independent study, a summer fellowship, or pursuit of an Honors thesis, active participation in research presents our students with intellectual challenges that develop their critical thinking skills and overall appreciation for the pursuit of knowledge.
Molly McGrath


Philosophy, Honors Program

Students get to do university-level research with the personal connections of a closer community.

The Honors experience at Assumption includes individually designed student research projects that are guided one-on-one by professors during the school year. Honors fellows can also earn research funding by working collaboratively with a faculty member over the summer.
Esteban Loustanau


Spanish, Sophia Program

Teaching Spanish strikes students’ imagination to communicate and name the world in new ways.

In my courses, students apply their skills with Community Service Learning to create projects using photographs, texts, and videos with local immigrant communities in Worcester.
Michele Lemons


Neuroscience

Training Assumption students to unveil molecular mechanisms of brain development

I am fascinated by the complexity of the brain and train students in the lab to identify molecules for proper brain formation and function. Students have been co-authors at professional conferences and in scientific journals. Come join in the adventure of discovery!
Maria Parmley


Psychology

Students can work with faculty on cutting-edge research in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Students in the Psychology department have the opportunity to perform and present research alongside professors in the areas of mental health, developmental, learning and memory, and neuroscience research through internships, independent studies, and summer fellowships.
Carl Keyes


History

My students and I study the history of advertising in the era of the American Revolution.

Students in my early American history classes work as guest curators for my website, the Adverts 250 Project. Through their research, they make contributions to the complicated history of marketing, commerce, and slavery in colonial and revolutionary America.
Ray Albert


Cybersecurity

Our Cybersecurity program is expanding to prepare more graduates to address national workforce short

The program is mapped to the latest national curricular standards, emphasizes preparation of knowledgeable, skilled graduates with strong moral character and integrity, who benefit from internships, international conferences, and direct interaction with experienced faculty.
Angela Kaufman-Parks


Criminology

Experiential learning prepares Criminology graduates for entry into criminal justice careers.

A 200-hour internship provides students with hands-on experience and personal connections essential for navigating future criminal justice careers. Placements commonly include law enforcement, the courts, victims and substance abuse services, and programs for at-risk youth.
Mike Land


English, Community Service Learning

I want students to experience the connection between service in the world and on-campus scholarship

I employ service-learning in a wide range of contexts, writing a personal column about their experience at an agency, interviewing refugees at African Community Education to create transcripts, or volunteering at after-school programs and writing sociological field reports.
Jeremy Geddert, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Studying politics unlocks the fascination of discovering the greats as they understand themselves

But how can we each discover our own personhood while still coming together as one people? My research explores how music weaves diverse voices, instruments, and rhythms into a harmonious whole.
Lynn Simmons, MFA


Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Design

I feel fortunate to teach a discipline that integrates so well with project based learning.

Working with organizations such as the Refugee Artisans of Worcester has given my graphic design classes a total experiential learning opportunity - designing materials and also interviewing the artisans, keeping the human element alive in the design process.
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Programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Academic Partnerships

Undergraduate

Actuarial Science

Undergraduate

Art History

Undergraduate

Biology

Undergraduate

Chemistry

Undergraduate

Computer Science

Undergraduate

Criminology

Undergraduate

Cybersecurity

Undergraduate

Data Analytics

Undergraduate

Education

Undergraduate

Engineering Science

Undergraduate

English

Undergraduate

Environmental Science

Undergraduate

French

Undergraduate

German

Undergraduate

Global Studies

Undergraduate

Graphic Design

Undergraduate

History

Undergraduate

Honors Program

Undergraduate

Information Technology

Undergraduate

Italian Studies

Undergraduate

Mathematics

Undergraduate

Music

Undergraduate

Neuroscience

Undergraduate

Philosophy

Undergraduate

Physics

Undergraduate

Political Science

Undergraduate

Pre-Dental

Undergraduate

Pre-Law

Undergraduate

Pre-Med

Undergraduate

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate

Psychology

Undergraduate

Sociology

Undergraduate

Spanish

Undergraduate

Studio Art

Undergraduate

Theology

Undergraduate

Women's Studies

Undergraduate