The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
In the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University, the life of the mind is built on - and enriched by - the very act of reciprocity implied in mentorship. Fordham's faculty members are approachable, caring and rigorous in their expectations, both of their students and themselves. GSAS professors are distinguished scholars who manage tens of millions of dollars in grant awards and publish approximately 500 monographs, books, book chapters and articles each year.
Such accomplished professors have a profound impact upon their students, and their accomplishments overflow into the lives of students. Fordham graduate students have the opportunity to invest in others in ways, including professional development workshops, student-run professional conferences, and teaching undergraduate classes in their respective fields of study. Such experiences foster the development of skills that cannot be learned in the laboratory or library alone, skills that find their being in human relationships.
While being collegial, GSAS programs are also rigorous. In the lab or in the seminar classroom, students are encouraged to contribute fully to the discipline and make it their own. Our students make professional presentations in the meetings of scholarly societies, panels and conferences, author learned papers, and assist in the editing of journals alongside their professors. Similarly, an impressive number of our students have received external funding awards, such as the Fulbright Fellowship, the Boren Fellowship, the Bourse Chateaubriand, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Graduate Research Grant, the Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, and the Summer Fellowship to Dumbarton Oaks at Harvard University. Such achievements contribute to the exceptional placements of our alumni, which in turn give them the opportunity to invest in another generation of students and to lead in a variety of professional roles.
A Fordham GSAS education then, while academically challenging, is never merely academic. Many universities may make that claim, but the reality behind our claim lies in Fordham’s heritage. Fordham's Jesuit tradition informs education that is student-centered, emphasizing the individual and the development of the whole person. GSAS graduates leave Fordham with professional skills and confidence, ready to put knowledge into action, improve the human condition, and add to our knowledge bases.
I hope that the glimpse of intellectual life at Fordham University offered here will convince you that our Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is special place and invite you to visit the GSAS website (www.fordham.edu/gsas) to learn more about our mission, student achievements, and the programs and degrees we offer.
Nancy A. Busch
Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
Chief Research Officer/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Last updated November 28, 2012