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Dean's Welcome

Dear Friend,

On behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and alumni:  Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Portland!

Since the University’s founding in 1901, the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences has been to engage the whole person  --- head, heart, and hands --- through an education that is at once global, humanistic, Catholic, and distinctively Holy Cross.  With us, you and your horizons will grow as seldom before.  You will be exposed to a series of classes steeped in an interdisciplinary study of art and philosophy, music and history, theology, social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences and mathematics, foreign language and literature.  Your voice will be valued, your writing will be strengthened, and you will make many new friends in one of the most beautiful and dynamic universities in the Pacific Northwest.

Our mission in the College of Arts and Sciences is to make every student as successful as possible.  Basil Moreau, CSC, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, wrote in 1854 that our goal as educators is “to see in all things the image of God imprinted within.”   A comprehensive education steeped in the liberal arts will make you both wise and learned in ways that students are seldom prepared nowadays. You will be challenged to raise tough questions about the origin and nature of the universe, the existence of God, the meaning of justice, and the purposefulness and dignity of every individual human person.

And we don’t stop with questions.  We expect our graduates to use what they learn in their studies to respond compassionately and effectively to contemporary social, economic, and political issues; we form leaders grounded in religious and ethical discernment and who possess a deep capacity to envision a more just and humane world; and we promote the common good through a lived experience of the transformative power of human creativity and love.  We want you to be an unforgettable blessing in the lives of everyone you meet.  Experience what thousands of University of Portland alumni have already come to know: here in the College of Arts and Sciences, the world is our classroom.

I encourage you to learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences and the kind of intellectual, spiritual, and ethical formation for leadership that a University of Portland education offers.  Choices you make today will impact the rest of your life.  Commit yourself to a rewarding adventure of life-long learning, faith, and discovery.  Please let me know how I can be of assistance as you begin this important process of discernment.

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences!  Welcome to a whole new world!

Warm regards,

Gary Malecha, PhD

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences