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Message From the Dean

Welcome to the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) at Dominican University of California where we foster a deep commitment to the welfare of our global community and a life-long love of learning while preparing our students for personal and professional success.


Nicola Pitchford, Ph.D.

Our school offers fourteen diverse undergraduate majors as well as one graduate degree. Within every one of these programs, students work closely with our outstanding, award-winning professors in small classes where every student’s voice counts.  Highly committed to student mentorship and guided by Dominican’s core values of study, service, community, and reflection, our faculty set the standard on Dominican’s campus for engaged learning, as well as for leading local and international educational and service opportunities.

Humanistic education fosters moral discernment and civic engagement — things we vitally need at this moment in history. AHSS graduates excel in this arena and are well-equipped for today’s global job market. Surveys of Fortune 500 companies and major employers in the U.S. suggest that professional success requires organic, cross-disciplinary skills: critical thinking and the ability to capture an idea concisely and articulate it well to others, as well as flexibility and adaptability. All of these are hallmarks of an AHSS graduate.

While pursuit of a major in the arts, humanities, or social sciences often leads to graduate studies in a similar field, studying a major in AHSS can also give students a leg-up on admission to graduate studies in law, medicine, and business. Liberal arts students often outscore business majors on standard business school admissions tests and beat biology and health science majors on the MCAT.

Whatever major you decide to pursue, whether art, art history, communications, dance, design, history, humanities and cultural studies, international studies, literature, music, political science, psychology, religion or gender studies we will work closely with you to personalize your education and help you meet your long-term goals as we together strive to create a more peaceful and just world.

To learn more about the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, I invite you to explore our website or contact us directly.

Laura Stivers, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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