Disciplines are defined by the questions they ask and the methods, dispositions, and habits of thinking they use to explore their answers.

School of Arts & Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences oversees 16 departments and programs in the physical sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts.

Paul Eisenstein

Greetings from the Dean

Otterbein faculty know there is something about a college education that cannot be reduced entirely to the job or graduate school pathway for which it prepares you, so we set students up for more than just professional success. We are committed to cultivating your capacity to ask the right questions and to exercise and strengthen the methods, dispositions, and habits of thinking that are part of becoming an expert in a discipline.

Students and faculty across the School of Arts & Sciences live out this commitment every day. It is what unites the history major confronting a primary document in an archive; the actor, singer or poet approaching a performance; the communication major producing a story or podcast; the actuarial science major confronting a statistical model; and so on. We develop cognitive and creative agility in our students together with disciplinary expertise, which leads them to produce their best work and to achieve a level of accomplishment beyond what they might have imagined.

– Paul Eisenstein, Ph. D., Dean, School of Arts & Sciences and Professor of English

Academic Departments in the School of Arts & Sciences

Our faculty don’t just set students up for professional success, they develop students who are able to live richer and more engaged lives.