Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Fayetteville State University. FSU has a long history of empowering people through education and the faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences are proud to carry on that tradition. With over 200 full-time faculty members, we are by far the largest academic unit in the university. We offer high quality programs in an inclusive and nurturing environment. Our college is populated with faculty and staff who fully embrace the student-focused mission of Fayetteville State University. I am proud to be the Dean of a College with such hard working and dedicated people.
The College of Arts and Sciences currently includes the Departments of Criminal Justice, Sociology, Government and History, Performing and Fine Arts, English, Social Work, Nursing, Mathematics and Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, Psychology, Communication, Languages, and Cultures. The College of Arts and Sciences provides academic programs which are of high-quality, attractive, and accessible. CAS offers baccalaureate degrees in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. We continue to strive to make a high-quality college education more accessible, especially to our military partners and adult learners, by expanding our online and distance learning course offerings and by establishing articulation agreements with North Carolina Community Colleges and universities throughout the world. The College offers a number of undergraduate online degree completion programs, including Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Fire and Emergency Services Administration, and the RN to BSN program.
The College of Arts and Sciences also has a number of graduate programs. We offer master's degrees in Social Work, Psychology (counseling and experimental), Sociology, and Criminal Justice. The Master of Science Degree program in Criminal Justice can be completed online, face-to-face, or a combination of both. We are continuing to expand opportunities for students by offering more flexible schedules by increasing the number of online, evening, and hybrid courses. In addition to being accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, we have a number of programs with specialized accreditation or certification, including the Fire and Emergency Services Administration, Music, Visual Arts, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Social Work, Master of Social Work, and the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program. FSU has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence for Geospatial Sciences by National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. We continue to seek specialized accreditation in all programs which have such accreditation available.
In the past year, a number of College programs have received special recognitions as well. The Online Criminal Justice Graduate program has also been ranked 5th in the nation by GoGrad.org. The Criminal Justice online degree completion program was ranked 16th by Affordable Colleges Foundation in 2015 among the Best Online Criminal Justice degree program in the United States. The Criminal Justice Graduate program ranked 29th in the Top Criminal Justice Graduate Programs for Veterans by US News and World Report. The Psychology online degree completion program was ranked in the top 20 by thee Affordable Colleges Foundation in 2015 among the Best Online Psychology degree program in the United States. The Nursing program's first licensure class (Spring 2015) received an 100% passage rate on the NCLEX. The Nursing program was ranked #2 nursing program in the Southeast and the #1 program in the state of North Carolina by the Nurse Journal.
To improve student services and retention, the CAS Office of Academic Advising (OAA) serves students by offering transfer students interested in CAS majors their initial transfer equivalency review and academic advising, the coordination and initial advising of all online students in the College, the initial advising of undeclared majors as they transition from University College, backup and support for faculty academic advisors in the College, and active engagement in all recruitment and advising activities such as First Steps, Fall Preview, and Open House. We are currently expanding the number of professional advisors in several high-need areas.
I hope you will choose to join us in our journey to empower people through education and improve the quality of life of all the members of our society.
Have a great day,
Dr. David E. Barlow, Professor and Dean
College of Arts and Sciences