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School of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the School of Arts and Sciences

The School comprises seven departments: CommunicationEnglish, Foreign Language and HumanitiesFine ArtsMath and Computer ScienceNatural ScienceSocial Sciences; and Social Work.

The departments within the School offer a total of 15 majors and 20 minors at the undergraduate level and a Master of Arts in American Studies at the graduate level. Students with specialized interests may select from among a number of options within the majors and minors, and Teacher Education candidates may fulfill the subject-area requirements for secondary certification within five of the disciplines. The Social Work program is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The School of Arts and Sciences also plays an integral role in providing Northwestern’s General Education program, the heart of any liberal arts education. As part of their general education experience, students take courses from most or all of the departments within the school. In this way the School directly supports the University’s General Education mission of providing a foundation for all degree programs and offering opportunities for students to develop competencies in critical thinking, leadership, and literacy.

Dr. James Bell
Dean of Faculty
Fine Arts 211
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8590

Angelia Case, BA, MEd.
Academic Projects Assistant/Media Specialist
Fine Arts 211
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8577

Department Chair Contacts

Communication Chair
Tamara Brown

Assistant Professor of Speech
Vinson Hall 110
(580) 327-8429

English, Foreign Language & Humanities Chair
Dr. Kathryn Lane

Associate Professor of English
Vinson Hall 210
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8470

Fine Arts Chair
Kimberly Weast, MFA

Professor of Theatre Arts
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Fine Arts 330
(580) 327-8462

Mathematics & Computer Science Chair
Dr. Tim Maharry

Professor of Mathematics
Shockley Hall 214
Northwestern - Alva
(580) 327-8583

Natural Science Chair
Dr. Steven Maier

Professor of Physics
Science Building 107-B
(580) 327-8562


Social Sciences Chair
Dr. Kay Decker

Professor of Sociology
Jesse Dunn 311B
(580) 327-8521
FAX (580) 327-8112

Social Work Chair
Dr. Kylene Rehder, LCSW

Social Work Program Director and CWPEP Coordinator
Jesse Dunn 308

(580) 327-8135

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