What’s new in the College of Arts & Sciences?

Posted on September 13, 2022

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For the 2022-23 academic year, the College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce a number of new additions and changes, including new programs of study, new department heads, and improved student and faculty spaces.

Read more about these changes:

New Programs of Study

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The new computer science PhD program offers research specialties in virtual and extended reality, among other topics.

Computer Science PhD ProgramUNC Greensboro’s computer science PhD program starts this fall semester 2022. This program fills a statewide need for advanced study in the rapidly growing area of computer science. The PhD program takes approximately four years to complete. Research specialties include algorithms, artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning, database systems, extended reality, image processing, networking, and security.

Jewish Studies minorThe undergraduate minor in Jewish Studies also begins this fall semester 2022. A collaboration between the faculty of Religious Studies, History, and Communication Studies, the minor offers students the opportunity to specialize in Judaism’s culture, history, thought, and practice. Minoring in Jewish Studies is an excellent option not just for academic knowledge-seekers, but for those planning careers that interface with the diverse American public, including education, counseling, social work, business, and medicine.

New Department and Program Heads

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Dr. Jennifer Feather, Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, and Dr. Scott Romine begin new leadership positions in CAS.

Dr. Jennifer Feather – Department of EnglishDr. Jennifer Feather has been named Head of the Department of English. Feather specializes in early modern literature; gender studies; theories of trauma and violence; masculinity; queer theory; and public humanities.

Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein – Department of PsychologyDr. Gabriela Livas Stein now chairs the Department of Psychology. Stein is the first woman to lead the Psychology Department in its nearly 100-year history (established formally in 1923). She runs the CAMINOS Lab, a research group that seeks to improve psychological and educational outcomes for youth of color.

Dr. Scott Romine – Informatics and Analytics ProgramDr. Scott Romine has been named the new interim director of the Informatics and Analytics Program. Romine brings many years of experience chairing the English Department to this role.

New and Improved Spaces

The Department of Interior Architecture has revamped their student studio space with new furniture. View more on Instagram.

Interior Architecture Student Spaces: The Department of Interior Architecture has new furniture to improve its student spaces in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. Did you know each Interior Architecture student gets their own workspace in this premier studio facility? Thanks to new seating for these workspaces along with new group seating, this studio is more functional and collaborative than ever.

WGSS Student Lounge: The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program has a new student lounge in Room 336 of the Curry Building. They welcome students to come relax, study, or just hang out in the newly furnished and decorated space.

Computer Science offices: The Computer Science Department is expanding its offices into the third floor of the Moore Building (old Nursing Building).

Not new to UNCG, but new to the College of Arts & Sciences

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The Master’s of Science in Informatics and Analytics is among three programs to join CAS from other areas at UNCG.

This semester, three programs of study have joined the College of Arts & Sciences from other areas of the university. These include:

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Professional Studies (BIPS)This fully online degree program focuses on developing core competencies that employers want, including critical thinking, interpreting data, using empathy to solve problems, collaborating across cultures and organizations, adapting to changing environments, and showing leadership potential.

Master’s in Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS)Another fully online program, this master’s degree offers more advanced courses that are focused on developing intellectual curiosity, integrative thinking, intercultural competence, adaptability, and empathy. Interested in improving your credentials but don’t want to commit to graduate school? The MAAS program also offers online certificates in e-learning and global studies.

Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics (MSIA)This master’s degree program is offered both online and in-person. Five concentrations are available: Advanced Data Analytics; Computational Analytics; Bioinformatics; Cultural Analytics; and Geospatial Analytics.

Story by Elizabeth Keri, College of Arts & Sciences

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