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College of Arts and Sciences records

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z13-023

Content Description

The collection consists of newsletters, brochures, information packets, major description sheets, college view books, College of Arts and Sciences guidebooks, minors listing, and an undergraduate handbook for economics majors. Also included are outreach materials, interdepartmental memos, speech drafts, and reports from the Center for Arts, as well as Graduate School of Arts and Sciences guidebooks, applications, and information packets. The collection is unprocessed. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is one of the Basic Day Colleges that makes up Northeastern University (NU). It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. Headed by a dean, CAS is organized by academic department, interdisciplinary program, or center for specialized study. The dean has responsibility for managing educational policy, faculty issues, student services, and budgeting, and often delegates these functions to committees and his staff, including associate deans, assistant deans, directors, and student advisors. The CAS dean reports to the provost. The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) was established in 1935 to offer general education for NU undergraduate business and engineering students. In 1936, its name was changed to the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Even as CLA added faculty and developed new departments, majors, and courses in subsequent decades, it continued primarily to serve NU's professional disciplines. In 1978, Richard Astro was appointed dean of CLA. The College of Liberal Arts changed its name to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in 1979. Under Astro, CAS programs, including the humanities and fine arts, were strengthened, and several interdisciplinary programs, centers, and options for academic majors and minors were added. Under Dean Robert Lowndes, who became dean of CAS in 1987, CAS achieved independent prominence within NU and increasing national respect. By 1989, CAS was the largest of NU's basic colleges. Accessioned 2013 Feb 26. Material from Vertical file. Wait for more material. Add to A23. 47/1

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Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.

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  • Creation: 1978-2012


0.50 cubic feet (0.50 cubic feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 half-manuscript box.)