Message from the Dean

Lisa Carstens, Ph.D. | Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
503-352-2121 |
UC Box:A126
Berglund Hall 207




Welcome to the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences, where students get the benefits of an outstanding small, residential liberal arts college enhanced by the expanded opportunities of a vibrant university.

“Arts & Sciences” is academic shorthand for the programs in arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics that are at the historic heart of Pacific’s enduring commitment to education of the whole person.

These programs offer a “liberal education” in the sense of an education that liberates: learning that brings freedom from ignorance, as well as freedom to think well, to create and innovate, to connect to diverse communities, to work collaboratively, to choose worthy aims and, ultimately, to help shape the future.

This education for life is also the very kind of education that best prepares students for success in careers. Employers as well as professional programs in such fields as law, medicine and business seek just such reflective and flexible graduates.

Because every Arts & Sciences degree at Pacific provides this rich combination of broad and deep learning, students have the freedom to choose whatever academic path interests them, knowing that pursuing what they love will get them wherever they want to go.

We also offer one of the most well regarded low-residency master of fine arts (MFA) in writing programs in the nation and have just launched a master in social work (MSW) program.

No matter your individual focus, what you will find at Pacific is an incredibly talented and dedicated faculty who express their own love of learning by nurturing the talents, curiosities and dreams of their students.

I invite you to explore our webpages and catalog to learn more about the Pacific University experience.

Lisa Carstens, Ph.D.


College of Arts & Sciences Schools

School of Arts & Humanities
David DeMoss, Ph.D. | Associate Dean/Director

School of Natural Sciences
Kevin Johnson, Ph.D. | Associate Dean/Director

School of Social Sciences
Jessica Ritter, Ph.D. | Associate Dean/Director

College of Arts & Sciences
Sarah Phillips, Ph.D. | Associate Dean

Jolene Vice | Executive Assistant