Message from the Dean

Greetings! Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences’ website. Here you will find information about various academic programs offered by the College. Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) consists of six academic divisions comprising of twenty-one academic departments offering more than forty majors. The divisions and departments together with the College Deans share responsibility for the quality and integrity of the academic programs of the College as well as for our fidelity to Xavier’s mission.

The six academic divisions are:

  • Biological and Applied Health Sciences (Departments of Biology, Public Health Sciences, and Speech Pathology)
  • Business
  • Education and Counseling
  • Fine Arts and Humanities (Departments of Art, English, History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Theology)
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science Computer Science, and the Dual Degree Engineering Program)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (Departments of Communication Studies, Mass Communication, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology)

We at Xavier have implemented a new and exciting core curriculum. Our core is steeped in our liberal arts education and tradition; but, we know allow students to understand that a world perspective is critical to becoming a Xavier alum of the future. We offer our students a well-rounded and integrated learning in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional studies that can be applied to contemporary problems. Xavier provides an affordable, quality education with proven results. Xavier has been named a "best buy" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for the last 4 years. (Fiske is a guide to colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom). Xavier is the only university in Louisiana to make the list. Xavier is ranked number 13 in The Affordable (ACO) website’s list of Top 36 Affordable Roman Catholic Colleges with High Starting Salaries. Xavier is the only predominantly Black and the only Louisiana college to make the list. Xavier has consistently made The Princeton Review’s list of best colleges in the country. According to a recent report released by the National Science Foundation, Xavier is ranked 5th in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive science and engineering PhDs, 1st in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive life sciences PhDs., and 7th in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive physical sciences PhDs. Xavier is nationally renowned for its Premed and Pharmacy programs.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, our academic structure allows for students to explore and develop natural synergy between and within various degree areas within our college. This makes Xavier a very unique undergraduate experience. Students can pursue the Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and the Social Behavior Sciences in CAS. We have new and exciting degree offerings that provide this interdisciplinary approach in a seamless effort

At Xavier, we surround our students with a network of support system to maximize their chances to succeed and achieve their goals. The Office of Career Services assists students in finding internships and securing permanent employment after graduation. The Office of Graduate Placement provides assistance to students in getting admission in graduate programs. The Center for International and Intercultural Programs provides study abroad opportunities. The Student Academic Success Office provides academic support through various resource centers in biology, chemistry, mathematics, reading, and writing.

Xavier is located in New Orleans, considered to be America’s most interesting city. The city is a hub for young people who come from all over the world to study in one of the six universities. The city is also attracting a lot of young entrepreneurs, especially in the high tech sector. New Orleans is the home for Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras. New Orleans boasts of having both – NFL (Saints) and NBA (Pelicans) teams.

Whether you are a prospective student, current student, alum, parent, or just browsing o, I encourage you to learn more about Xavier. I invite to you to explore a major in the College of Arts and Sciences. We are interest in creating critical thinkers who can make a difference for our society in a "just and humane" way. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or need more information.

Camellia Moses Okpodu, Ph.D