Academics

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

From the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the University of Redlands. I am delighted that you are visiting our website and hope you will broadly explore our wide array of programs of study.

Indeed within the College, there are over 40 majors and minors to choose from, including the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, where we invite you to design your own degree.

In addition to our undergraduate programs, the University offers three distinct graduate programs in Geographic Information Science, Communicative Disorders, and Music.

Within the College, we foster transformative education. We strive to help you develop your passions for imaginative learning through participatory educational experiences grounded in consistent faculty and student interaction.

Our Liberal Arts Foundation (LAF) offers broad knowledge and skills to integrate with more specialized studies in major and minor subjects. We seek to connect our curriculum with the wider world in meaningful ways, and in so doing, prepare you to be critical thinkers and responsible creators—in short, responsible local, national, and global citizens.

Innovative teaching and learning at Redlands characterizes all of our diverse programs of study. You will find the faculty at Redlands deeply dedicated to their students. They are active scholars and innovative teachers, involved in day-to day advising of students, and supportive of integrating learning experiences that take place outside our classrooms with our courses.

As the former Hunsaker Distinguished Teaching Chair at the University, I predict you will find a wide and dynamic range of courses in the College; this curriculum will provide ample opportunities for you to deepen your learning and broaden your horizons.

Our courses of study can transform you intellectually, emotionally and socially. This is Education Plus, which for me means education "plus" your own aspirations in living and learning. Perhaps your imagination will take you to study abroad, to field research, to community service, to our Proudian Honors program, to an internship, or to artistic projects and performances. Whatever choices you make, I know the faculty will engage you in lively educational challenges.

“We often make the mistake of confusing education with training,” writes Stephen Nachmanovitch in Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art.

“Training is for the purpose of passing on specific information necessary to perform a specialized activity. Education is the building of the person…. Education must tap into the close relationship between play and exploration; there must be permission to explore and express.”

As College dean, I invite you to bring your explorations to Redlands. Active participation in your college education—not passive consumption-- effectively prepares you for life long learning. Sustaining that exploration is my deepest hope for all of the members of our College community.

Dr. Kathy Ogren 

Dr. Kathy Ogren is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands. She started in the Dean’s office in June 2011 following many years as a faculty member at the University in the History Department and the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies.

Ogren directed the Johnston Center from 1999-2007. She regularly contributes to the Women’s and Gender Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies programs, and has taught in the Proudian Honors Program.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in American Studies from Scripps College and earned a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University. She held the Virginia C. Hunsaker Chair in Distinguished Teaching at the University of Redlands from 2005-2011.


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