College of Arts and Sciences - Experiential Learning in Action

Cause

Funding Student Travel to Present Research: Experiential Learning in Action.

Impact

It will directly impact the most deserving students in all of our arts and sciences programs and provide them with engaging learning experiences that will impact their personal and intellectual growth and build transferrable skills.

Reason

This campaign speaks directly to the College of Arts and Science’s mission and AU heritage: we have a commitment to intellectual rigor and research and strive to foster in students a lifelong commitment to learning to help them lead informed, constructive lives. We offer students the opportunity to encounter core Christian values across divergent perspectives relevant to personal growth and spiritual maturity while building transferrable skills crucial to any career.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • 683 – Number of students with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • We have 47 full-time and 100 adjunct faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences. These faculty are drawn here to teach within a Christian context and to research, with most of their research being student-centered and involving students in the projects and presentations respectively. For example, the College of Arts and Sciences hosts the Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature and Art, AU's Literary Art Magazine, which is a student-led publication. Last year, this magazine totaled 116 pages of award-winning poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews and artwork. We also produce and house "Showcase," a day-long event where students from across the university come together from various disciplines and present the best of their research, most often with faculty mentors present.

College Mission Statement

With 12 departments and 15 majors, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of Anderson University’s colleges and schools. Our programs and courses focus on cultural engagement, developing character, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and servant leadership. The College actively incorporates the use of mobile learning technologies, supports student research initiatives, and offers internship opportunities to prepare students for graduate school and strengthen their competitiveness in the job market. Our many disciplines intersect in ways that offer students the opportunity to encounter core Christian values across divergent perspectives relevant to personal growth and spiritual maturity while building transferrable skills crucial to any career.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides the foundation upon which all of Anderson University’s educational experiences build. The building blocks of this foundation are Christ-centered values that support the humble engagement of challenging ethical and moral thought and discernment. The mortar that holds this foundation together is a commitment to intellectual rigor and research by our distinctively Christian community of faculty who strive to foster in students a lifelong commitment to learning to help them lead informed, constructive lives.

  • Next year, we will also be beginning two new programs and majors; Human Development and Family Studies, and Political Science.
  • The College provides much of the liberal arts core of the college—and for that reason, research is really central to the mission of all of our departments. For example, this month we have 13 students from just our English Creative Writing and Literature programs alone who have been selected to present their research nationally at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research to be held at the University of Memphis April 6-8.
  • The College of Arts and science also provided much of the backbone of our Core Curriculum, providing the majority of our general education courses, which serve as the foundation for most of the university's majors.
  • The largest course size is 30. The average size of our Freshman English 101 course last semester was 13.

Goal - $25,000