School of Arts and Sciences

A welcome from Pamela Barnett, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

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American Studies

American Studies

American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines American society and culture, both past and present. Through a study of American history, literature, philosophy, religion, media, social science, and fine arts, students critically analyze the richness of the American experience. With a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from La Salle, you’ll become a cultural critic capable of making connections through an interdisciplinary perspective in order to draw conclusions about the American experience, what it means and looks like to be an American, and what factors make something an aspect of American culture.

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Francis McKee
Director of American Studies
 mckeef@lasalle.edu

Art History

Discover art history at La Salle.

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Susan Dixon
Associate Professor and Chair
 dixons@lasalle.edu

Biology

Learn about the biology program.

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David Zuzga
Chair and Assistant Professor
 zuzga@lasalle.edu

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hear more about La Salle's chemistry and biochemistry department.

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William Price
Professor and Chair
 price@lasalle.edu

Communication

Explore your opportunities as a communication major.

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Marianne Dainton
Department Chair and Professor
 dainton@lasalle.edu

Computer Science

Find out more about the computer science major.

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Jonathan Knappenberger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
 knappenb@lasalle.edu

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Rooted in Lasallian values and housed in the context of a robust and supportive community atmosphere, La Salle’s undergraduate Criminal Justice program provides students with a dynamic educational experience. Our top-notch program provides students with the foundational theoretical knowledge and practical skills they’ll need for successful careers in the criminal justice field, an interdisciplinary social science. Our students also learn highly marketable interpersonal and communication skills which are key to becoming outstanding members of society and dedicated professionals.

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Charles Gallagher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 gallagher@lasalle.edu

Digital Arts

Discover what digital art has to offer.

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Geoffrey Beatty
Assistant Professor
 beattyg@lasalle.edu

Economics

Economics

Whether the question is as simple as whether a student should buy or rent a textbook, or as complex as what US trade policy should be, the economics major at La Salle provides students with the framework to address these questions.  Our department approaches the allocation questions with emphasis on public policy and a Lasallian concern for social justice.

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H. David Robison, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 robison@lasalle.edu

Economics and International Relations

Economics and International Relations

Understanding the connections and how policy decisions will affect people around the world is at the heart of the major in economics and international studies at La Salle. We prepare our students to take a deeper look at what it means to be a global citizen, with a particular emphasis on policy analysis.

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H. David Robison, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 robison@lasalle.edu

Education

Learn about the education program.

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Laura Roy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chair
 roy@lasalle.edu

English

Hear more about La Salle's English major.

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Bryan Narendorf, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor
 narendorf@lasalle.edu

Environmental Science

Explore what's in store for environmental science majors.

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Florence Ling
Assistant Professor
 ling@lasalle.edu

History

Find out more about the history major.

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Stuart Leibiger
Professor and Chair
 leibiger@lasalle.edu

Information Technology

Discover the possibilities as an IT major.

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Jonathan Knappenberger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
 knappenb@lasalle.edu

Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT)

Learn about our unique Integrated Science, Business, and Technology major.

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David Zuzga
Assistant Professor and Chair
 zuzga@lasalle.edu

International Relations

International Relations

A degree in international relations allows students to study different governments and cultures and how they interact. International relations majors will become an expert in a specialized area or region of the world and research the history, economics, culture, and language of that region while developing the skills that will set them on a path to professional and personal success.

Upon graduation they will have fine-tuned their knowledge on the subject area but also become capable communicators, writers, and leaders. We encourage our students to pair the international relations major with a language minor or an area that would increase their in-depth knowledge of the field. This level of specialized knowledge makes international relations graduates stand out among other candidates in the job market.

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H. David Robison, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 robison@lasalle.edu

Mathematics

Hear more about La Salle's mathematics program.

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Jonathan Knappenberger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
 knappenb@lasalle.edu

Philosophy

Explore what a philosophy major has to offer.

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Robert Dobie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair of the Philosophy Department
 dobie@lasalle.edu

Political Science

Find out more about the political science program.

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Michael Boyle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
 boylem@lasalle.edu

Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics

Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics

The political science, philosophy, and economics (PPE) program was created to satisfy a growing interest among our student body in a challenging, cross-disciplinary degree program that samples from theoretical literature from a number of disciplines.  The result is a degree program comparable to many taught in Europe but unique among other colleges in our area.

PPE utilizes existing strengths in the three areas – political science, philosophy, and economics – to allow students to develop a broader, interconnected vision of the forces driving today’s most important events.  While students will choose a concentration in one of the departments, they will integrate the material from all three in order to evaluate and analyze social, political, ethical, and economic policy issues around the globe.

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H. David Robison, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 robison@lasalle.edu

Psychology

Find out more about life as a psychology major.

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Kelly McClure, Ph.D.
Chair & Associate Professor
 mcclure@lasalle.edu

Religion

Discover the religion and theology major.

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Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Chair
 oconnellm@lasalle.edu

Social Work

Hear about our social work program.

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Rosemary Barbera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Chair and Program Director
 barbera@lasalle.edu

Sociology

Sociology

The Sociology program at La Salle University is committed to providing students with a dynamic educational experience. The Sociology program’s mission is to provide majors with an understanding of the scientific study of human groups in modern societies and the social and cultural forces that affect them. The sociological perspective is central to grasping the social and cultural forces that remake our lives on a daily basis. Our top-notch program provides students with the foundational theoretical knowledge and valuable preparation for such varied careers in law, public service, non-governmental organizations, urban affairs, public policy, health care, business, education, politics and social science research. Most importantly, it will help students cultivate a critical awareness of society and the overall knowledge and skills needed to be lifelong learners.

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Charles Gallagher, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 gallagher@lasalle.edu

Spanish

Spanish

We recognize that although the world has grown smaller through globalization, those who are adept in multiple languages are leaders of their chosen fields. Our Spanish program offers rigorous preparation for the many careers that exist for multilingual graduates. A bachelor’s degree in Spanish will open the worlds of commerce and culture in many places throughout the globe, making our graduates more sought after job candidates, and better qualified hires.

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Victoria Ketz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
 ketz@lasalle.edu