Office of the Dean

This slideshow is not enabled

A message from the dean

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where our goal is to prepare graduates for a lifetime of continuous learning, professional and career success, and civic engagement.

Here, students receive the foundation of a liberal education — a broad and well-rounded course of study in the humanities, social sciences, arts and sciences. Such an education is crucial for the development of the skills most valued in today’s workforce: the ability to think critically, work collaboratively, communicate effectively and understand diverse perspectives. These skills prepare our students to adapt to the changing nature of the workforce, thrive in the job marketplace and be competitive applicants for graduate and professional post-baccalaureate training.

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are part of the largest and most comprehensive academic unit on campus. The College encompasses more than 1,500 students in 37 majors, 45 minors and four graduate programs.

Our full-time faculty, over 100 strong, are deeply caring mentors and academic advisors committed to your educational journey, both in and outside of the classroom. The spirit of engaged learning runs strong in the College. Students work side by side with faculty on research and creative projects, travel together on study abroad programs and other opportunities, and collaborate on meaningful shadow and internship experiences.

We also recognize that not all students are ready to declare a major. For these students, we encourage them to take advantage of our General Liberal Arts & Science Studies (GLASS) program to explore all of their academic options.

I am proud to be the dean of such a diverse academic college. If you are a prospective student, I hope you come to campus to see the exciting developments taking place, from facilities renovations to new programs. Rider's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is here to prepare you for a bright future.


Dr. Kelly Bidle
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences