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The College of Arts and Sciences at Gardner-Webb University is composed of those departments and academic units which are home to the liberal arts (arts, humanities, natural and social sciences).

As the intellectual heart of the university, the College promotes interdisciplinary learning, global understanding, communication skills and the promotion of critical thinking and discovery, all in the context of Christian faith.

A Message from the Dean

Shawn Holt

Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences!

Every student that walks through the doors of Gardner-Webb University spends a significant amount of time in The College of Arts and Sciences (CoA&S). The CoA&S plays a pivotal role in providing a strong liberal arts foundation to all students with disciplines ranging from Visual and Performing Arts to Natural and Computational Sciences to the Humanities, Communications, and Social Sciences. Our faculty are devoted scholars with a passion for teaching, offering students the opportunity to become critical thinkers and effective communicators. Our ultimate goal within the CoA&S is to mentor our students to be engaged citizens and community leaders who offer lasting contributions to society and promote sustainable change on a global scale.

As a product of and advocate for Liberal Arts education, my goal as the Dean of the CoA&S is to provide the needed guidance and leadership to ensure that Gardner-Webb faculty have the freedom and support to provide our students with the 21st-century skills necessary for success. My hope is that students who experience the world-class education the CoA&S offers will become well-rounded, lifelong learners.

So, if you are majoring in, or considering double majoring in, any of the many disciplines within the CoA&S OR if you are completing a certificate or minoring in a subject in the CoA&S OR if your advisor or mentor is in the CoA&S OR if you have only taken a class in the CoA&S (and every student has!), you are A MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES FOR LIFE!

As you click through our website, you will see dedicated professors and staff whose mission is to provide you with the intellectual foundation for success in all aspects of life. If you are visiting the CoA&S webpages for the first time or are already a member of our community, I invite you to explore all that the CoA&S has to offer. And if you don’t find what you are looking for, contact me, and we’ll figure out a way to make it happen!

Dean Shawn Holt Signature

Shawn E. Holt, PhD
Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
235C Lindsay Hall
(704) 406-4240
[email protected]