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School of Arts and Sciences

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Dean for the School of Arts & Sciences will provide assistance to all constituents remotely, Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm, for the Fall 2020 semester. To make either a remote or an in-person appointment with the dean, please contact Sue Guartafierro at or by phone at 978-665-3655.

A Welcome from the Dean of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the School of Arts & Sciences at Fitchburg State University. Our talented and dedicated faculty is committed to helping students achieve their greatest potential in programs that encompass the fine and performing arts, humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.

With ten undergraduate majors, more than thirty concentrations and minors, and numerous master’s and graduate certificate programs, Arts & Sciences engage our students in transformative learning experiences that prepare them for specific professional and academic careers while also enabling them to understand and shape the complex and changing world in which they live.

Through Fitchburg State’s foundation in the Liberal Arts, our students are challenged to think critically and creatively, to solve problems imaginatively, to value diverse perspectives, and engage the world ethically. A distinctive feature of our educational programs is the focus on the application of learning in public settings, through student/faculty collaborative research and publication, hands-on community-based projects, and professional internships.

It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Fitchburg State community. I encourage you to explore our website and discover the wide range of quality programs offered by the School of Arts & Sciences!

Franca Barricelli, Ph.D
Dean of Arts and Sciences

School of Arts & Sciences Mission

The School of Arts and Sciences merges scholarship and professional practice in a wide range of innovative programs. Our faculty inspire students to think and communicate clearly, to recognize and value diverse perspectives, and to act creatively when addressing complex problems in their communities and beyond. We prepare students to navigate a world of rapid change, while developing a foundation for a meaningful life.

Upcoming Workshop with Fred Plotkin

In March New York Times journalist Fred Plotkin will be giving a three day journalism workshop with students focused on the Slow Food movement. Complete details are available online.

School Resources

Academic Departments

Explore the academic departments located in the School of Arts and Sciences:

Behavioral Sciences Department (includes the 5 year Criminal Justice Dual Degree program)
Communications Media Department (includes Game Design)
Economics, History & Political Science Department
English Studies Department
Humanities Department