University of North Dakota College of Arts and Sciences

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College of Arts and Science
Type Public
Established 1883
Dean Debbie Storrs
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,600[1]
Location Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Nickname A&S

The University of North Dakota College of Arts and Science (A&S) is the liberal arts and sciences unit of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1883, and is the largest and oldest of nine colleges at the University, with over 200 regular faculty members in eighteen departments. The departments are organized into four divisions: fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and math-natural sciences. The college currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate students, about 34% of the University's total undergraduate enrollment. It offers thirty-one undergraduate majors, fifteen master's programs, and eleven doctoral programs. The college is headquartered in Montgomery Hall.


Merrifield Hall, (1929) Home to several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences dates from the founding of the University in 1883, and has had organic continuity from that date, in spite of some temporary changes in name and structure. The “Act for Establishing a Territorial University at Grand Forks” provided for a College of Arts “co-existent with” a College of Letters. In 1901 the name “College of Liberal Arts” was adopted, and retained until 1943, when “College of Science, Literature and Arts” was substituted. The latter name was kept until 1967. The President of the University served in effect as dean of the College until 1901, to be followed by George S. Thomas (1901-1911), Melvin A. Brannon (1911-1914), Vernon P. Squires (1914-1930), William G. Bek (1930-1948), Robert Bonner Witmer (1948-1965), and interim associate dean Philip A. Rognlie (1965–66). Bernard O’Kelly was dean from 1966 until his retirement in 1995 when he was succeeded by John Ettling (1995-1998). Albert Fivizzani served as interim dean of the College from 1998 until 2001 when Martha A. Potvin became dean. In June 2013, Debbie Storrs was named the permanent Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College includes 18 academic departments: Anthropology, Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Criminal Justice, English Language and Literature, Geography, History, Indian Studies, Mathematics, Modern and Classical Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Physics and Astrophysics, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre Arts. The coordinator of the Honors Program, the coordinator and faculty of the Humanities and Integrated Studies Program and the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program are also members of the College’s faculty. The faculty of departments structurally located in other colleges — Computer Science, Economics, Geology, and Political Science — are regularly consulted on an associate faculty basis, since the disciplines of those departments are historically associated with the liberal arts. Many of the liberal arts faculty are involved in various ways in the work of the College of Education and Human Development. The College also includes five programs: Communication, Women & Gender Studies, Peace Studies, Non-Profit Leadership and Leadership.

The College enrolls all undergraduates who wish to complete studies for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Science degree with concentration in some substantive or applicative field of study within the traditionally broad spectrum of the liberal arts.

About the College

  • Established in 1883
  • over 200 faculty members in 18 departments
  • 4 divisions
  • Enrolls 3,600 undergraduate students
  • 31 undergraduate majors
  • 15 master's programs
  • 11 doctoral programs

Notable Events[edit]

  • The UND Writers Conference, a literary conference that is free and open to the public.

Notable Alumni[edit]


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External links[edit]

  • UND College of Arts & Sciences [1]