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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Dean's Office
    • Kapelski, Room 209
    • tel: 610-499-4336
    • fax: 610-499-4605

College of Arts & Sciences

Interim Dean

Image of Scott E. Van Bramer, Acting Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Scott E. Van Bramer

As interim dean, Dr. Van Bramer oversees all of the academic programs in the college and facilitates strategic planning, assessment, and community outreach for the college.

The College of Arts & Sciences is the foundation of Widener University and houses more than 30 fields of study in the liberal arts including a number of interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs. The college also houses graduate programs in criminal justice and public administration. In addition, there is a certificate in liberal studies offered to graduate-level students.

Rooted in a strong liberal arts tradition, the College of Arts & Sciences encourages you to explore many diverse interests while progressing toward a degree. Courses provide a breadth and depth of knowledge in global culture, history, the sciences, and the arts–and a degree from the College of Arts & Sciences is solid preparation for a career in many diverse fields including law, medicine, science, and business.

Why Widener?

student on study abroad trip taking a photo of london bridgeDiverse Learning Opportunities

We provide many diverse learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Our graduates learn how to solve complex problems by working together on interdisciplinary projects. For example, environmental science students study the biodiversity of the region while communication studies students document their work. Another group of students work together to address the high cost of higher education and participate in political lobbying in Harrisburg and Washington, DC.


student on study abroad trip taking a photo of london bridge

Civic Engagement & Service Learning

If you want to help others in the local community, Philadelphia region, or globally, then Widener is the place for you! Widener’s civic engagement opportunities and community outreach programs give you hands-on experience, help you develop your leadership skills, and teach you how to collaborate and communicate across class barriers and cultures–all the while helping others through your skills and service. A current project is called Boundaries and Bridges, a collaboration between the College of Arts & Sciences and Devon Walls of The Artist Warehouse. This project is funded by a Catalyst Grant from the Barra Foundation.


student on study abroad trip taking a photo of london bridgeGlobal Learning

Global learning opportunities abound at Widener and include a wide range of study abroad opportunities, global service trips, and exchange programs. Widener offers majors in international business and international relations and modern language study, and Arts & Sciences courses often present a global perspective. Last but not least, Widener has many international clubs and activities on campus and an engaged international student body.