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School of Arts and Sciences Fact Sheet


The School of Arts and Sciences at Point Park University has a mission to develop students as lifelong learners through a distinctive liberal arts and interdisciplinary foundation. The School is comprised of four departments: criminal justice and intelligence studies; education; humanities and human sciences; and natural sciences and engineering technology. It is the foundation of all the academic programs at Point Park, providing liberal arts and science courses to every school and major. 



Enrollment (Fall 2013)

Undergraduate: 1,194
Graduate: 155

Associate in Science Degrees

  • Allied Health
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degrees

  • Biological Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Funeral Service
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • Interdisciplinary Designed Major
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Premedical and Preprofessional Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Elementary Education (with Special Education dual certification option)
  • English
  • English/Creative Writing
  • Global Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Designed Major
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education (with Special Education dual certification option)
    • Biological Sciences
    • Citizenship
    • English
    • Mass Communication
    • Mathematics

Capstone Programs

Capstone programs are for students who have earned associate degrees and intend to complete baccalaureate degrees. Acceptance into a capstone program guarantees that 60 transfer credits will be applied toward the baccalaureate degree.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • Funeral Service
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Science Degrees

  • Biotechnology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Funeral Service
  • Health Services
  • Liberal Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Intelligence and National Security
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
    • Biological Sciences
    • Citizenship
    • English
    • Mass Communication
    • Mathematics

Master of Science Degrees

  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Studies

Master of Arts Degrees

  • Clinical-Community Psychology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Administration
  • Intelligence and Global Security

Master of Education Degrees

  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching and Leadership

Certificate Programs

  • Adult Education and Administration (online)
  • ESL Program Specialist
  • Intelligence and National Security (available in traditional and online formats)
  • School Principal K-12

Credential Programs

  • Digital Electronics Technology
  • Electrical Power Technology


Natural Sciences

  • Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Computer Laboratory
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Environmental Science, Molecular Biology, Zoology, Botany, and Genetics Laboratory
  • Instrument Laboratory (with new spectroscopic instruments)
  • Physics/Geology Laboratory

Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology
  • R.L. Simmons Materials Laboratory
  • Simulation Laboratory
  • Soils Laboratory 
Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Circuits Laboratory
  • Digital Electronics Laboratory
  • Electrical Power Laboratory
  • Radio Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Heat Transfer/Fluids Laboratory

Student Internship Opportunities/Partners

  • UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • Mercy Behavioral Health
  • Contact Pittsburgh
  • Persad
  • Federal Agencies
  • Local and County Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Probation Offices
  • Law Office
  • Correction Agencies
  • Allegheny Land Trust
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • PennDOT
  • The Audubon Society
  • Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner
  • U.S. Intelligence Community
  • Children's Hospital of UPMC
  • The Bradley Center
  • The National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Inc.
  • GAI Consultants Inc.
  • Westinghouse Electric Company 
  • Allpoint Systems
  • Lechtzer Inc.
  • Continental Design and Management Group


Acting Dean

Robert Fessler, Ph.D. 

Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies

Gregory Rogers, J.D.
Lorelei Stein, Ph.D.
Trudy Avery, J.D.
Michael Botta, M.S.
Edward Strimlan, M.D.
Mark Wintz, Ph.D.


Darlene B. Marnich, Ph.D.
Richard Gutkind, Ph.D.
Christal Chaney, Ph.D.
J. Kaye Cupples, Ph.D.
Stanley Denton, Ph.D.
Janice Glunk, Ed.D.
Vincenne Revilla-Beltran, Ph.D.
Arleen Wheat, Ed.D.

Humanities and Human Sciences

Amy Kim Bell, M.A.
Robert Alexander, Ph.D.
Karen Dwyer, Ph.D.
Nathan Firestone, J.D.
Kirstin Hanley, Ph.D.
J. Dwight Hines, Ph.D.
Bahman Homayoonfar, M.A.
Robert Lewis, Ph.D.
Robert G. McInerney, Ph.D.
Edward Meena, M.Ed.
Laurence Lyons Murphy, Ph.D.
Channa Newman, Ph.D.
Sharna Olfman, Ph.D.
Sarah Perrier, Ph.D.
William J. Purcell, Ph.D.
Jehnie Reis, Ph.D.
Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D.
Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Sarah Schulz, Ph.D.
Megan Ward, Ph.D.
Portia K. Weston, Ed.D.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology

Mark Farrell, Ph.D.
Vishnu Agrawala, Ph.D.
Robert Draper, M.Sc., M.S.N.E.
Laura Frost, Ph.D.
Robert Garson, Ph.D.
Gregg Johnson, Ph.D.
Donald Keller, Ph.D.
Diane Krill, Ph.D.
Michael Kruth
John Kudlac, Ph.D.
Mark Marnich, Ed.D.
Matthew Opdyke, Ph.D.
William Lawrence Otto, Ph.D.
Matthew Pascal, Ph.D.
Daniel Reed, M.S.
Rebekah Young
Walter Zalot, M.S.E.R.