Office of the Dean

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Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). 

Here you will find a community of learners and educators sharing a deep commitment to the pursuit of knowledge within a career orientated framework.  Our goal is to ensure that our graduates are prepared for a lifetime of continued education, professional success, and civic engagement.  We are 11 academic departments and seven interdisciplinary programs offering 34 undergraduate majors and 45 minors.

Students in CLAS have choices!  We even have a specifically designed program (GLASS) for those not quite ready to declare a major.  In addition, we have graduate programs in Applied Psychology, Business Communication, Health Communication, and Homeland Security. With almost 1,500 students and over 100 full-time faculty, we are the largest academic unit in the University.

Students in CLAS learn the essential skills of reason and analysis.  More specifically, we provide our students with a sense of what is ethical and an appreciation of the aesthetic; we show our students how to evaluate new discoveries through the scientific method while emphasizing history’s lessons; we empower our students to manage information and to work cooperatively with others; and, we prepare our students for meaningful employment and responsible social action.  We understand that learning and teaching are reflective processes of dialogue, observation, deliberation and assessment. 
The result:  our graduates become tomorrow’s leaders.

CLAS faculty, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, have earned prestigious academic credentials, received distinguished honors, and been presented with impressive awards.   They come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of academic and professional experiences.  Our faculty are renowned educators who invest their time and energy in assuring a quality experience for their students.  As proponents of engaged learning, they bridge the traditional classroom learning model with innovative curricula and opportunities taking students into science labs, professional shadowing experiences, semester-long internships, and directed research projects.  Even more, CLAS faculty are caring mentors and advisors for their students.

In CLAS we are preparing today’s students for jobs that may not yet exist.  This is a generation that must be flexible; they must be ready to adapt and adjust to an ever-changing world.  Our innovative programs of study equip students not only for immediate career success in this dynamic environment, but also for success in graduate school.  Our alumni regularly enroll in law school, medical school, MBA and other graduate programs.   Simply stated, CLAS gives students options.

I am proud to be the Dean of such a rich and vibrant community of learners and educators, and I invite you to join us. Visit the campus, visit the College, and let us show you the impact that a Rider education could have on your future.  Make Rider, and CLAS, your destination of choice.  And please feel free to stop by the Dean's Office when you are here; I will be most pleased to meet you.

My Very Best,

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Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Jonathan H. Millen is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Communication.  Jonathan earned his Ph.D.