School of Arts and Sciences FAQ
Founded in 2018, the School of Arts and Sciences has brought together under one umbrella the liberal arts programs in order to further the mission of the College and its commitment to liberal arts learning. The School houses more than two dozen undergraduate and graduate programs, serving about 950 majoring and minoring in these programs, with 75 Full time faculty 180+ part time faculty experts.
We are a diverse community of learners dedicated to preparing students to be educated, engaged, empowered, and ethical citizens and leaders in local, national, and global contexts.
The School of Arts and Sciences is rooted in four Commitments to excellence in its liberal arts programs:
- Commitment to Scientific Inquiry, Health, and Wellness
- Commitment to Social Justice and Community
- Commitment to Interconnectedness in our Social and Spiritual Lives
- Commitment to Creative and Artistic Expression
- We cultivate our students into the critical thinkers necessary for success in today's complicated and challenging workplace.
- We comprehend the interconnected nature of the world by offering foundational, responsive, interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees; and
- We connect that cross-disciplinary approach to experiential learning - internships, study abroad, lab experiences, service learning, undergraduate research - which becomes a stepping stone to a career immediately upon graduation.
- We are not simply educating you for your first job or even your first career out of college.
- We’re preparing you for a lifetime of opportunities – for careers and jobs that haven’t even been conceived yet. We focus on how to “see around corners.”
- For those of you who decide to study further, we want to be sure you’re prepared for the rigors of graduate study.
FYE stands for First Year Experience. All Molloy students begin their first semester as part of a first-year learning community which is a group of student learners in linked courses built around a particular theme or course of study. First year learning communities at Molloy allow students to do many things like explore an interest, participate in a community of learners enrolled in the same courses, form friendships with fellow students and bonds with faculty, sharpen skills needed to succeed in college, fulfill general education or major requirements, and learn how to make the best use of resources available to Molloy students. As part of the First Year Experience, students also participate in the common reading program that revolves around required summer reading and research assignment in FST 1000. The College Experience is a course all first-year students take their first semester and will introduce you to the Molloy Mission: study, service, spirituality, and community.
The Mission of the Honor’s program is to successfully educate and graduate students who are informed global citizens. The Honors program prepares students to become competent and ethical global citizens by investigating the world beyond the immediate, understanding, affirming and articulating other perspectives in order to shape the future by taking action to improve the world globally and locally. The Program traverses all majors and provides students with an academic opportunity that thematically integrates diverse disciplines. The journey begins in the freshman year as students participate in the Honors Freshman Learning Community. The synthesizing begins as students participate in the Academy on Global Citizenship in Salzburg Austria. During the final semester of the program all Honor students complete a capstone project and can submit their work to the National Collegiate Honors Council as well as the Northeast Regional Honors Council. This year, the topics of five Honors program student groups were accepted into the prestigious NRHC conference. Once you receive your Molloy acceptance package with your Honors eligibility letter, you are encouraged to submit your essay and application on the Molloy Honors website found on molloy.edu. Once your application is received, you’ll be contacted for your interview with the Program Director.
Experiential learning, simply put, is learning by doing in settings that are aligned with a student's major or a particular course. Through these experiences, students are able to bring theory to life. Rooted in the College’s mission, the Office of Experiential Learning offers a variety of intentional experiences that engages students in activities that also focuses on serving communities in need.
The Office has lots of opportunities for students – service-learning trips, mentoring and tutoring programs with local school districts, community work-study program, internships, and volunteerism.
Current Molloy students from all majors are welcome to participate in our programs.
If your dream is to turn your talent into a career, then studying with our world-class Art faculty who are practicing artists themselves will prepare you with the necessary skills for graduate study and professional work in the arts. Our small class size guarantees personal attention that focuses on your individual needs. In addition to the BFA in Studio Art, we offer numerous art concentrations and minors. You can check them out on the Molloy website. On campus, you’ll enjoy our renovated art studios and our on-campus gallery. The department awards scholarships to incoming Art students who participate in our portfolio review process and you can choose to pursue our 5- year accelerated master’s degree pathway in our ASAP program where you can earn both your BFA in Art from Molloy College and your Masters of Arts in museum administration from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition.
In addition to our expert faculty, state of the art labs, and field experience internships, our Research Track Course Design is unique because it gives you 3 semesters of research experience combined with classical theory and hands-on mastery of scientific concepts. If you’re interested in careers in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy you can apply while still in High School to our LECOM program that reserves a seat in medical school for a limited number of qualified students. You can also choose to pursue our 5 year accelerated master’s program, ASAP where you can earn both your BS in Biology from Molloy College and your MS in Biology from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. Our Biology department offers numerous scholarship opportunities to both incoming and current students and our clubs and honor societies like the Biology club, Pre-Health club and the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Chi Beta Phi, get you involved doing what you love.
In addition to being taught by experts in the Communications field, the Department offers a degree option to pursue either a Media or Professional Communications concentration. You can also complete exciting internships at prominent media and public relations industries that prepare you to enter the vibrant communication workplaces of the 21st century. The department offers unique scholarship opportunities to incoming students and has a state of the art HD television studio and location-shooting equipment for all-important hands-on training, as well as, a media lab for students to use for video editing, web design, podcasting, blogging & more!
Considering that Molloy Criminal Justice is a top ranked program in the U.S. several years running and offers a legal studies minor and a Paralegal studies program each approved by the American Bar Association, a B.A. or M.S. degree in Criminal Justice at Molloy prepares you for a variety of career pathways in fields like law, government, cybersecurity, and more. All of our programs are taught by real world experts who have extensive real world contacts and we offer a 5 year Bachelors to Master’s Degree pathway. Our brand new Moot Courtroom in Kellenberg Hall is the location for many of our course offerings and student clubs like our Mock trial club and Alpha Phi Sigma, national honor society for criminal justice and Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national honor society in legal studies.
The New Media major IS a Bachelor of Sciences in communications BUT it focuses on production, theory, and emerging media practices by focusing on mobile and social first video production and theory. Studying New Media at Molloy will prepare you for careers in emerging media and technology like no other. We offer cutting edge minors like our game studies minor and offer course work in video storytelling, as well as VR, Adobe platforms (Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign, and Lightroom) and writing for digital media. We even study memes! And our students get involved in relevant extracurricular activities like our gaming club and our popular Molloy E-Sports team.
If you’re passionate about the environment you can choose a concentration in either Earth Science or Environmental Studies, both designed to provide the necessary skills to get in-demand jobs that analyze, question and contemplate solutions to the multitude of concerns affecting our coastal and global environments. One of the key centers that serves our Earth Science majors is our field station called CERCOM that offers hands on learning to our students and contains a live Horseshoe Crab captive breeding center. You can also choose our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BS in Earth & Environmental Science from Molloy College and your MS in Earth & Environmental Science from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition and you can get involved in our many student activities like the Molloy Crab Club or the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Chi Beta Phi, an honorary scientific fraternity.
English provides a career pathway to just about everything! As an English major at Molloy, you'll benefit from and broad curriculum and gain a thorough experience of the English and American literary traditions with an emphasis on writing and speaking skills. Students accepted into the Adolescent Education (B.A.) programs in English can automatically earn a second English B.A. in Arts and Sciences – without having to do any extra work! And our 5-year accelerated master’s program called ASAP allows you to earn both your BA in English from Molloy College and your MA in English from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. As an English major you can get involved on campus in our many clubs like the Student Literary Magazine, September Alumni Supper, Poetry Events, Film Festival Cabaret, and April Author Celebration, as well as, our honor societies like Alpha Phi Theta Chapter of the International Literary Honor Society.
Our faculty are expert historians who equip you with vital analytical, written and communication skills sought by employers. Students who are accepted into the Adolescent Education (B.A.) programs in History can automatically earn a second History B.A. in Arts and Sciences – without having to do any extra work! You can also choose to pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BA in History from Molloy College and your BA in History from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. Our History students hold a variety of internships at places like historical societies, museums, and nonprofit organizations and they get involved on campus in activities like the History/political science club and Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.
Our faculty experts equip you with vital analytical, written and communication skills sought by employers and our Political Science students experience government directly through internships within government offices like: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Todd Kaminsky, Congressman Peter King, the Nassau County Executive Office, as well as, others. You can also choose to pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BA in Political Science from Molloy College and your MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition and you can get involved on campus in activities like the History/political science club and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
Our faculty experts equip you with the top skills to succeed in todays in demand jobs in math and computer science and we offer 2 unique Computer studies programs. Computer Science, which focuses on solving problems and understanding theory, design and application in both software and hardware system, and Computer Information Systems which focuses on the application of technology managing the needs of a business. Students who are accepted into the Adolescent Education (B.A.) programs in Math can automatically earn a second Math B.A. in Arts and Sciences – without having to do any extra work! Or you can choose to pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BS in Math from Molloy College and your MA in Applied & Computational Mathematics from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. You can also get involved on campus in activities like the Math club and Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics national honor society.
Our faculty experts teach you how to understand and function in another culture from the inside out and you can learn Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic, Chinese or English as a second language (ESL). Students who are accepted into the Adolescent Education (B.A.) programs in Spanish, can automatically earn a second Spanish B.A. in Arts and Sciences – without having to do any extra work! And you can choose to pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BA in Languages & Cultures from Molloy College and your MA in Spanish from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. We also offer language minors to support various career aspirations like the popular Spanish for healthcare minor and you can get involved on campus in activities like Union Hispana, Club Italia, and Alpha Mu Gamma.
Our Philosophy majors are trained to be critical thinkers, to have a high level of moral awareness and to be proficient oral and written communicators, all skills valued by today’s employers in any field. The department offers minors to support various career aspirations like the popular Applied Ethics and Bioethics minors and you can pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BA in Philosophy from Molloy College and your MA in Liberal Studies from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. You can also get involved on campus in activities like the Philosophy club or the Honor Society, Phi Sigma Tau.
Our Psychology degree can be applied in any field including business, education, and engineering, as well as, the arts or sciences. A professional career in Psychology can be meaningful and gratifying and our Psychology majors are engaged by conducting research, attending seminars and conferences and participating in practicums and community service. We offer minors to support various career aspirations like the popular Child Life minor and you can choose to pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BS in Psychology from Molloy College and your MA in Psychology from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. You can also get involved on campus in activities like the Psychology and Counseling Club and Psi Chi Honor Society, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
Our Sociology majors gain a wider view of society while learning to make an impact on the world in a variety of career or graduate study pathways and the department offers minors to support various career aspirations like the popular Diversity and Inclusion and Anthropology minors. The Dr. Joan Reidy Merlo Community Research Institute provides research opportunities for students and the department offers scholarship opportunities to current Sociology students like the Dr. Joan Reidy Merlo Scholarship and the Meritta B. Cullinan Scholarship. You can choose to pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BA in Sociology from Molloy College and your MA in Sociology from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition. You can also get involved on campus in activities like the Sociology club and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.
Many employers and graduate programs value applicants who are well-rounded in their educational preparation and a major or minor in theology or religious studies is a recognized and respected path to developing a foundation for future professional goals in almost any career. You can also pursue our ASAP 5 year accelerated master’s program where you can earn both your BA in Theology and Religious Studies from Molloy College and your MA in Theology or Liberal Studies from St. John’s University all in 5 years saving you time and tuition.
Our CAP 21 program is highly respected in the industry and is taught by leading experts in their craft. It offers the highest level of practical and academic preparation to be able to compete successfully in professional theatre. The program is offered in our state-of-the-art Manhattan Center and on campus in our Rockville Centre location. Molloy/CAP21 BFA students enjoy numerous performance opportunities beginning in the students’ sophomore year and the department offers scholarships to both incoming and continuing students.
Our music department offers high quality music education with small class sizes, personalized attention and our faculty is comprised of world-renowned clinicians, performers, and creative musicians with prominent international careers. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and we offer 3 undergraduate programs: either a B.S. in music, music education or music therapy and we also have a graduate program in Music Therapy. Our onsite music therapy clinic, The Rebecca Center provides hands on learning experiences to our students. There’s also an abundance of performance opportunities both vocal and instrumental in the numerous choirs and ensembles and you can get involved on campus in activities like the Music Therapy club, the Music Education club and Pi Kappa Lambda, the Music Honor Society.