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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 composed of five departments: criminal justice and intelligence studies; humanities and social sciences; literary arts and social justice; natural sciences, engineering and technology; and psychology. It is the foundation of all the academic programs at Point Park, providing liberal arts and science courses to every school and major. 

Department Landing Pages

Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies
Humanities and Social Sciences
Literary Arts and Social Justice
Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Enrollment (Fall 2018)

Undergraduate: 889
Graduate: 140

Bachelor of Science Degrees

  • Biological Sciences
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology 
  • Forensic Science
  • Funeral Service
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Pre-Medical and Health-Related Professions Program (open to students in all majors who are admitted into the program)

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Global Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • Legal Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice Studies

Capstone Program

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.

  • Funeral Service (B.S.)

Post-Baccalaureate Degree

  • Bachelor of Science in Intelligence and National Security

Master of Science Degrees

  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Studies

Master of Arts Degrees

  • Clinical-Community Psychology
  • Intelligence and Global Security

Doctoral Program

  • Psy.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology

Certificate Program

  • Intelligence and National Security (available in traditional and fully online formats)


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

  • Allegheny County Department of Economic Development
  • Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner
  • Allegheny Land Trust
  • Allpoint Systems
  • The Audubon Society
  • The Bradley Center
  • Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
  • Children's Hospital of UPMC
  • Contact Pittsburgh
  • Continental Design and Management Group
  • Correction agencies
  • Federal agencies
  • GAI Consultants Inc.
  • Law offices
  • Lechtzer Inc.
  • Local and county law enforcement agencies
  • Mercy Behavioral Health
  • Mylan Inc.
  • The National Aviary
  • PennDOT
  • Persad
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Inc.
  • Probation offices
  • UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
  • U.S. Intelligence Community
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Westinghouse Electric Co.


Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies

Michael Botta, M.S., chair
Richard Linzer, J.D.
Sean Elliot Martin, Ph.D.
Andrew Richards, M.A.
Gregory Rogers, J.D.
Christine Secilia, M.S.
Edward Strimlan, M.D.
Mark Wintz, Ph.D.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Channa Newman, Ph.D., chair
Jehnie Burns, Ph.D.
Marion Dixon, Ph.D.
Robert Fessler, Ph.D.
Nathan Firestone, J.D.
Bahman Homayoonfar, M.A.
Edward Meena, M.Ed.
Laurence Lyons Murphy, Ph.D.

Literary Arts and Social Justice

Sarah Perrier, Ph.D., chair
Barbara Barrow, Ph.D.
Amy Kim Bell, M.A.
Karen Dwyer, Ph.D.
Chris Girman, Ph.D., J.D.
Kirstin Hanley, Ph.D.
J. Dwight Hines, Ph.D.
Jessica McCort, Ph.D.
Robert Ross, Ph.D.
P.K. Weston, Ph.D.

Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Gregg Johnson, Ph.D., chair
Vishnu Agrawala, Ph.D.
Robert Draper, M.Sc., M.S.N.E.
Laura Frost, Ph.D.
Anthony Gaglierd
Robert Garson, Ph.D.
Donald Keller, Ph.D., P.E.
Diane Krill, Ph.D.
John Kudlac, Ph.D.
Kristy Long, M.S.
Mark Marnich, Ed.D.
Brendan Mullan, Ph.D.
Raju Mundru, Ph.D.
Matthew Opdyke, Ph.D.
Aram Parsa, Ph.D.
Matthew Pascal, Ph.D.
Daniel Reed, M.S.
Rebekah Young, M.S.


Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D., chair
Matthew Allen, Ph.D.
Todd Raymond Avellar, Ph.D.
Britney Brinkman, Ph.D.
Robert Fessler, Ph.D.
Kurt Kumler, Ph.D.
Robert McInerney, Ph.D.
Sharna Olfman, Ph.D.
William Purcell, Ph.D.
Sarah Schulz, Ph.D.
Jill Thomas, Ph.D.