Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences Fact Sheet
Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and the oldest of Creighton’s nine colleges and schools. The college offers more than 65 majors and 49 minors.
- Bridget M. Keegan, Ph.D. was named interm dean in early 2013.
- The College of Arts and Sciences has more than 359 full- and part-time faculty, the majority of whom hold the highest degrees awarded in their fields.
- The college has nine endowed chairs. They include:
- The A.F. Jacobson Chair in Communication, held by John O’Keefe, Ph.D.
- The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Endowed Chair in Jewish Civilization, held by Leonard J. Greenspoon, Ph.D.
- The Clare Boothe Luce Faculty Chair for Women in Science is currently vacant.
- The Rev. M. Dennis Hamm, S.J. holds the Amelia B. and Emil G. Graff Faculty Chair in Catholic Theological Studies.
- Wendy M. Wright, Ph.D. holds the John C. Kenefick Endowed Chair in the Humanities.
- John N. Mordeson, Ph.D. holds the John N. Mordeson, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Mathematics.
- Don Doll, S.J. holds the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair.
- John Calvert, Ph.D. holds the Casper Endowed Professorship in History.
- Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D. holds the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology.
- Last year, Arts and Sciences faculty published 20 books, 220 peer-reviewed articles, and several hundred book chapters and manuscripts. College faculty traveled worldwide to present more than 300 papers and scholarly works and secured 28 research grants totaling $800,000.
- In 2011-12, more than 2,600 Creighton students were enrolled in the college. Seventy-five percent of the freshman class is seeking Arts and Sciences degrees.
- Undergraduate research is important for students who seek the best jobs or desire entrance into elite graduate or professional programs research experience is one of the most desirable elements on students’ resumes. Employers realize that the critical thinking skills and knowledge gained through doing research have a direct and positive impact on success in and out of the classroom. The college offers research opportunities for undergraduates in all disciplines. Last year the college funded 25 student scholarships to conduct summer research and paid expenses for 125 students to present their research at academic conferences worldwide.
- The college values student-faculty interaction through an 11 to 1 student-faculty ratio.
- College of Arts and Sciecnes students and graduates have secured six Fulbright Fellowships, 10 Goldwater Scholarships, three Davies-Jackson Scholarships, one Marshall Scholarship, one Udall Scholarship, and two DAAD Fellowships. The college also had two students who were finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship and two students named to the USA Today Academic Team.
- Last year, more than 92 percent of Arts and Sciences graduates were either employed, accepted to graduate and professional schools, or working in volunteer programs worldwide within one year of their graduation from Creighton.
- More than 50 percent of Arts and Sciences graduates were accepted to graduate and professional schools, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Michigan State, Washington and Stanford Universities, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cambridge, among others.
Points of Pride
- Medical Anthropology is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Creighton’s program in Medical Anthropology is designed to provide a usable skill set for employment in a health-care setting in an increasingly complex world, by examining the important factor of culture.
- The college offers two new degrees in Renewable Energy: a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Energy and a Bachelor of Science in Energy Science. These majors prepare students for cutting-edge fields, that stress personalized programs, active engagement of the student, and reflection on the experience. These programs are designed to challenge students interested in science, math, and engineering, to meet the demands for growing sustainability efforts across the country. Creighton has the largest alternative energy project in the state with solar panels and wind turbines.
- The Magis Catholic Teacher Corp offers a two-year and three-year, post-graduate program centered on community living, academic coursework and Ignatian spirituality that prepares and supports motivated, faith-filled teachers to serve in under-resourced Catholic schools.
- The Center for Catholic Thought at Creighton University serves students, faculty and the local Catholic community. Annually, the center delivers a diverse series of programs designed to explore and promote the Church’s intellectual tradition. The center also hosts and produces a weekly podcast which can be seen on Apple’s iTunesU.
- Each year, approximately 225 Arts and Sciences students study abroad through summer programs led by the college’s faculty. Students are immersed in the culture of the countries in which they travel, including: Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, China, India, Ecuador, Switzerland, Uganda and El Salvador, to name a few. In addition, the college sponsors Encuentro Dominicano, a semester-long immersion program in the Dominican Republic.
- The Department of Journalism, Media and Computing prepares graduates for success in this information-rich world by melding programs in journalism, graphic design and computer science.
- The College of Arts and Sciences sponsors a variety of well-recognized co-curricular activities, including theater productions, a literary magazine and a school newspaper, as well as various clubs.