College of Arts & Sciences

A four picture collage of the college of arts and science divisions. Marine Science, Pre-Professional, NROTC and Science.

College Spotlights

Our faculty, students and alumni are active and engaged in research, service, and professional development. Our College Spotlights showcase these achievements and keep you up-to-date on developments in the college.

Dean's Update

Photo of Dr. Matthew Corrigan, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences continues to promote innovative and interdisciplinary learning. Our expert faculty are actively involved in research and professional development activities, creating bridges from the industry directly into the classrooms at JU. Our students are leaders across campus, taking part in student government, undergraduate research, student  media, athletics, student life and more. Our alumni have expanded the JU community to all reaches of the world, achieving success in countless industries. The value of our college is truly shown in the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.  

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Dan McCarthy

Dr. Daniel McCarthy, professor of Biology and Marine Sciences, directs lab projects researching reef communities and better techniques for reef restoration. Dr. McCarthy recently co-authored a book offering a comprehensive examination of nearshore hardbottom reef systems along Florida’s Atlantic coast, Islands in the Sand: Ecology and Management of Nearshore Hardbottom Reefs of East Florida. This book that fills gaps in biological and ecological understanding for scientists, managers, divers and fisherfolk while remaining accessible to interested laypersons including beachfront residents, beachcombers, and water-users. 

Student Spotlight

Psychology Major Hayleigh Palotti

Hayleigh Palotti is a double major in Psychology and English. As a cross country and track and field athlete, Hayleigh excels on the track and in the classroom.  She loves the community feel at JU, especially the small classes and individual feedback from professors. In 2021, Hayleigh completed an internship with Dr. Lynette Kennison at the Artistic Psychiatric Associates Practice in Jacksonville, FL. The internship, which she combined with job shadowing at other facilities around Jacksonville, helped Hayleigh better understand the ins and outs of being a mental health professional. She plans to go to graduate school and is considering a career in counseling.

Alumni Spotlight

Francis Alip

Francis Alip graduated in 2020 as a double major in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. He continued his education at JU, earning a Master in Business Administration. This year, Francis will begin his studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He attributes some of his success to the opportunities for leadership and professional growth that he found at JU. Francis served as president of five student organizations, helped other students as a Head Tutor, presented research at conferences, and found valuable mentors in the faculty. These experiences helped prepare Francis for his future career in dentistry. 

Prelaw and Preprofessional students sitting on the lawn

The JU Advantage Pre-Professional Programs

We support your professional goals. If you’re interested in attending law school or working in the health professions, we offer you opportunities to join student organizations, gain relevant experience, and personalized advising. Working in cooperation with our academic programs, the pre-law and pre-health programs help you prepare for the step you take after JU.

College of Arts and SciencesIn the Dean's Office

Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
About Dean Corrigan


Dr. Laura Chambers Atkins

 Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
About Laura Chambers Atkins


Lyndsey Kennedy

Administrative Associate, CAS
About Lyndsey Kennedy

Contact Information College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-7100

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