The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to provide educational programs and services that promote and support excellence in teaching and innovative scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The college has a collegial and distinguished faculty and staff who offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to a diverse student body. Through effective teaching, active scholarship, and service, the College supports Fayetteville State University to promote the educational, cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of citizens throughout North Carolina, the nation, and the world.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit at the university, consisting of over 220 full time faculty and 80% of all declared majors at FSU. The college includes the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Government and History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Nursing, Performing and Fine Arts, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and World Languages and Cultures. The College of Arts and Sciences offers baccalaureate degrees in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The college offers a number of undergraduate online degree completion programs in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Fire and Emergency Services Administration, and the RN to BSN.
The College of Arts and Sciences also has a number of graduate programs. We offer master's degrees in Biology, Social Work, Psychology (counseling and experimental), Sociology, and Criminal Justice. The Master of Science Degree program in Criminal Justice is offered online, face to face, or a combination of both.
The College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Advising serves many purposes, including the initial transfer equivalency review and advising of all transfer students interested in CAS majors, the coordination and initial advising of all online students in the College, initial advising of undeclared majors as they transition from University College, provide backup and support for faculty academic advisors in the College, and actively engage in all recruitment and advising activities such as First Steps and Open House.