Arts & Sciences

The Arts & Sciences curriculum helps students acquire the critical thinking, creative problem solving, and professional communications skills required by the modern workplace. Curriculum adheres to the same Dunwoody model of authentic, applied, and collaborative learning allowing you to translate your passion for the field into career success.

Student academic plans include a curated mix of Arts & Sciences and technical courses based on the specific needs of their degree program and are coordinated to provide intellectual practice in combination with  technical proficiencies.

The Arts & Sciences curriculum meets the degree standards set by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for each degree level. The number and type of Arts & Sciences courses a student takes depends on the requirement of their specific degree program. Academic Advisors work with students to ensure their Arts & Sciences courses align with their academic degree plan and their transfer courses.

The Arts & Sciences faculty hold masters and/or doctorate degrees in their various specialties.

The Department offers courses in five different content areas:


Communications is the study of how people share information, ideas, meaning, and culture. Communications offerings are designed to develop a student’s understanding and application of research and critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate information, identify and evaluate source material, integrate differing points of view, and establish a reasoned course of action for effectively solving problems and demonstrating effective verbal, nonverbal, and visual skills (i.e. reading, writing, speaking, listening, audience awareness, and conflict resolution).

Arts and Humanities

Humanities/Arts is the study human culture and/or expression. Humanities/Arts offerings are designed to develop a student’s understanding of the relationship between a work of art or text and its cultural context and ability to form judgments through the critical and aesthetic analysis of works of art, literature, religion, history, and philosophy.

Social Sciences

Social Science is the study of human society and/or behaviors and cause and effect. Social Science offerings are designed to develop a student’s understanding of individual or social human behavior from the perspective of one or more disciplines of the social sciences, knowledge of empirical methods for studying human behavior, and to use theories and concepts of human behavior with appropriate empirical evidence to analyze contemporary social issues (historical events, cultural and societal differences), consumer behavior, and/or the inter-workings of an economy, how to analyze and interpret data from a social science context, and evaluate society as a whole.


Mathematics is the study of numerical relationships, geometrical and spatial properties, and/or logic. Mathematics offerings are designed to develop students’ understanding of basic mathematical concepts, to develop their abilities to analyze and solve mathematical problems, and to promote the importance of mathematics through analysis of problem solving strategies and the interpretation of results.

Natural Science

Natural Science is the study of the physical world and/or how biological life, non-living systems and matter, and/or energy works. Natural Science offerings are designed to develop a student’s understanding of the natural world, its processes, and the inter-relationships of its systems; how to apply the scientific method including the appropriate collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and effective communication of findings; harness the ability to use scientific terminology appropriately in meaningful scientific dialogue; and gain an understanding of the process of science as an intellectual pursuit and the ways in which scientific ideas evolve and come to be accepted.

Summer Classes

Want to pick up a few credits over summer? Check out the various courses offered in Arts & Humanities, Communications, Social Science, or Math & Science divisions.

Dunwoody offers two, four-week summer sessions one in June and one in July.

Students can register for the summer courses at the same time as they register for Spring Semester.


J-TERM is a three week intensive learning opportunity to enroll in a general education course in either Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and  Communications.

Enrolling in a J-TERM course will lighten your credit load during the regular semester.

We do recommend that students enroll in no more than one J-TERM course due to the compact learning time frame.

Students can register for J-TERM classes at the same time as they register for Spring Semester.

Program Learning Outcomes for Arts, Humanities, Communications, and Social Sciences Courses:

1. Communicate Effectively Construct written, oral, and visual communication for author, audience, text, context, and purpose.
2. Embrace Integrity Apply ethically and civically responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a dynamic society.
3. Exhibit Curiosity Collaborate to promote inquiry, discover solutions, and generate new ideas and creative works that are relevant and responsive to the world around them.
4. Collaborate Successfully Explain concepts that influence the behavior and decisions of individuals and institutions.
5. Think Critically Access, evaluate, and use information gathered through a variety of resources and technologies in developing projects and presentations.
6. Integrate Learning Connect and transfer skills and learning among disciplines, domains of thinking, experiences, and situations.

Program Learning Outcomes for Math & Science:

1. Analyze natural phenomena by using math and science principles.
2. Interpret solutions supported by reason and evidence.
3. Solve math and science problems using formulas and equations.
4. Apply research and problem-solving skills.

Contact Arts & Sciences

Tom Finnegan

Director of Math & Sciences

Phone: 612.381.3430

Bridget Reynolds

Dean of Instruction and Arts, Humanities, Communication & Social Sciences

Phone: 612.381.3373