2022-2023 Academic Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Dean: Dr. Bret Taylor
Assistant Dean, Director of Arts and Instrumental Activities: Dr. Jeff Held
Director of General Education:  Dr. Kerri Tom

Purpose Statement

The School of Arts and Sciences strives to educate its students within the multi-faceted context of the liberal arts.  Firmly rooted in the Christian tradition of Concordia University Irvine, the School confidently and freely explores both the riches of the past and the knowledge of today. The School cultivates within all students a disciplined and coherent worldview to prepare them to be active and effective leaders in today’s world.

Along with Christ College, the School of Arts and Sciences is responsible for the Q&I  general education offerings of the university and monitors the courses, majors, minors, and professional programs through its different departments.

Art Department

Chair: Prof. Rachel Soo

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Art
  • Graphic Design

Undergraduate Minors

  • Art
  • Graphic Design

Biology Department

Chair: Dr. Scott Gaines

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Biology
Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Biology

Undergraduate Minor

  • Biology

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics and Engineering Department

Chair: Dr. Lindsay Kane-Barnese

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Chemistry
Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Physics

Undergraduate Minor

  • Chemistry

Communication Studies Department

Chair: Dr. David Schulz

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Communication Studies

Undergraduate Minor

  • Communication

English, Writing and Modern Languages Department

Chair: Dr. John Norton

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • English
  • Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Minors

  • American Humanities
  • English
  • Global Cultural Studies
  • Spanish
  • Writing

History and Political Thought Department

Interim Chair: Dr. C. J. Armstrong

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • History and Political Thought

Undergraduate Minors

  • History
  • Law and Politics
  • Political Thought

Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Chair: Prof. Julie Melberg

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Mathematics
Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Computer Science

Undergraduate Minors

  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics

Music Department

Chair: Dr. Tom Mueller

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Music

Undergraduate Minor

  • Music

Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology Department

Chair: Dr. John Lu

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Psychology

Undergraduate Minors

  • Anthropology
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Theatre Department

Chair: Prof. Lori Siekmann

Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Theatre

Undergraduate Minors

  • Film and Digital Video Production
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Design and Technical Production

Honors Program

Dr. C. J. Armstrong

Liberal Studies

Co-Directors: Dr. Michael Schulteis and Dr. Rebecca Stanton