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College of Arts and Sciences records

Identifier: UA-004-000

Scope and Content

This collection documents the activities of the College of Arts and Sciences, its individual departments, and various partnered organizations and centers. The majority of the files are from 1960 to 2000, and they include office files, correspondence, committee files, and publications.

Series I, Administration, contains records pertaining to the administrative function of the College of Arts and Sciences. Subseries I, Dean’s office files, includes files about organizations, individuals, departments, programs, unit reviews, and miscellaneous topics. These files were created by various deans, including Brother Leonard Mann, Francis Lazarus, Charles Chantell, and Paul Morman. Subseries II, Assistant/Associate Dean’s office files, mostly contain files on departments and programs, but there are a few miscellaneous files. Subseries III, other administrative material, includes policy manuals, handbooks, Center for Study of Family Development material, Sherman and Wohlleben hall renovation material, and restricted academic excellence surveys. Subseries IV, events and awards, includes brochures from various events, a photo book from the 1998 professors retirement party, and 3 history student research award winners.

Series II, Committees and councils, contains mostly records from the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Affairs Committee. Minutes and documents make up the majority of these records. Correspondence, by laws, agendas, reports, and sub-committee material is present in these records starting in 1992. Other committees and councils present in this series are: College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Law Committee, Ohio Board of Regents Fellowship Committee, Environmental Science Committee Studies, College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Committee, College of Arts and Science Council of Chairperson and Program Directors, and Arts and Sciences Dean’s Executive Council. Material from this series is restricted.

Series III, Individual departments and programs, contains material from the departments of Visual Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Geology, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. Programs within this series include Criminal Justice, International Studies, Nursing, Premedical, and Theatre. This is not an exhaustive list, as there are departments that have their own collections. Materials for most of the department/programs include reports, newsletters, and publications. The Nursing program files document the closure of the program and they are restricted. The Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work files document the merger of these programs into a department.

Series IV, Publications, contains four periodical publications: The College, The Spectrum, Faith’s Reasons, and Scholarship. The College documents the College of Arts and Sciences and its leadership. The Spectrum is a cluster newsletter which documents current and controversial topics. Faith’s Reasons is a newsletter from the University Professor of Faith and Culture that discusses Marianist education and events. Scholarship showcases academic research and scholarship. Also included in this series is the textbook, The University of Dayton Experience.

Series V contains alphabetical files on the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as promotion and tenure files. These files are restricted.


  • Creation: 1922-2013
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960 - 2000


Access to Materials

The materials in this collection are open and accessible to the public for use in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. However, access to the records of the Academic Affairs committee requires written permisson from the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Copyright Notice

Copyright to the official records of the University belongs to the University of Dayton. Non-official records in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1882, the same year that St. Mary's Institue was conferred by State of Ohio to issue collegiate degrees. However, at this time, the college was not referred to as the College of Arts and Sciences as it was the only collegiate department within St. Mary’s Institute until the School of Engineering was established in 1910. When the School of Engineering was established the college was named the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences. It provided three degree opportunities: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Letters, and Bachelor of Sciences. The College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences’ original programs included Philosophy, Latin, Greek, English, German, French, History, Art, Music, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Today the College of Arts and Sciences is one of the four academic units within the University of Dayton. Undergraduate degree-seeking students can achieve either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Within the college there are eighteen departments, including the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, English, Geology, History, Languages, Mathematics, Military Science (ROTC), Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work, and Visual Arts. The College of Arts and Sciences also offers several pre-professional and interdisciplinary programs, including American Studies, Core, Criminal Justice Studies, Human Rights Studies, International Studies, Prelaw, Premedical, Predental, Theatre, and Woman/Gender Studies. The curriculum is devoted to combining theory and practice to produce well-rounded and employable graduates.

The College of Arts and Sciences also offers several graduate programs, including Applied Mathematics (M.S.), Biology (M.S., Ph.D.), Chemistry (M.S.), Communication (M.A.), Computer Science (M.C.S.), English (M.A.), Financial Mathematics (M.F.M.), Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A., M.S.), Mathematics Education (M.S.E.), Music Education (M.S.E.), Pastoral Ministry (M.A.), Psychology (M.A.), Public Administration (M.P.A.), Theological Studies (M.A.), and Theology (Ph. D.).

Key Events

Pre-Medical Course offered as part of the College of Arts and Sciences
The ROTC military science program implemented by the War Department; first military training course instituted.
The age requirement for admission to the college (sixteen years of age) ends, and requirements are primarily determined by high school marks.
The name of the college changes from College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences to the College of Arts and Sciences, as it no longer offers a Bachelor of Letters (B. L.).
First year on record that the College of Arts and Sciences employs a dean.
Graduate programs implemented
Orville Wright receives an honorary doctorate of science.
Theatre program added
Women & Gender Studies program added
A fire destroys St. Joseph’s Hall, initially built in 1884. Although it is restored without harming its historical and architectural integrity, the departments of communication, sociology and anthropology, political science and social work all suffered extensive losses, including class notes, research, equipment and personal belongings. Among the hardest hit was the communication department which lost its departmental office and nearly all faculty offices and suffered major loss of equipment.
First year of the Stander Symposium. Honoring the late Bro. Joseph W. Stander, S.M., professor of mathematics and provost (1974-1989), the Stander Symposium celebrates academic excellence, rich collaborations and many forms of intellectual, artistic and spiritual growth.
UD dedicates Jesse Philips Humanities Center, named for philanthropist Jesse Philips, who donated $5 million toward its construction.
First year of the Humanities Symposium in the Sears Recital Hall. The theme of the symposium, "Faith, Reason, and the Life of the Mind," addressed one of the four themes in the Humanities Base, a university-wide program designed to enhance interdisciplinary connections among required humanities courses.
The first student-produced televised news program on campus, Flyer TV News, is launched after the communications department purchases $100,000 in new studio equipment.
First year of the Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture, an annual event at the University of Dayton. This lecture, which brings noted mathematicians to campus, is made possible by the generous support of alumni donations in memory of Dr. Kenneth C. Schraut, who taught mathematics at the University of Dayton for many years.
UD spends $16.8 million on significant renovations in both Sherman and Wollheben halls, connecting them into a new science center facility.
The Artist in Residence Program (AIR) begins: Made possible through a partnership between ArtStreet, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Student Development, students create original works of art for permanent installation in campus buildings.


101 Linear Feet (151 boxes)

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The following collections are located in the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.

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Separated Materials

College of Arts and Sciences materials requiring specialized storage have been separated from the collection and added to University format collections for photographic, audiovisual, and memorabilia materials. These materials retain the classification for the College of Arts and Sciences and may be easily accessed.

Guide to the College of Arts and Sciences records, 1920-2012
Sarah Staples
September 2012
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Repository Details

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