College of Arts and Sciences News and Events

Greetings from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at NEIU!

We write to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and also to get ahead of Giving Tuesday and ask that you keep NEIU students at the forefront of your consciousness this year. We know you’ll have many good causes to which you’ll consider donating, so we ask you to consider reserving an amount to support our deserving students in their academic mission.

You know how committed our students are to pursuing their degrees and the obstacles they face, particularly financial ones. The College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP) helps us fund undergraduate research projects for our students on the cusp of success, preparing them for rewarding opportunities after graduation. Read more about the program and donate.

If you are already planning to give to another CAS program, great! If contributing is not possible this year, please share this message and encourage others to support our students on the cusp of success!

Happy holidays and many thanks!


Katrina Bell-Jordan, Dean
Sudha Srinivas, Associate Dean
Tim Libretti, Associate Dean

Northeastern, Argonne National Laboratory and others partner in a new study on climate change

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $25 million over five years to DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and a team of academic and community leaders, which includes Northeastern Illinois University, to advance urban climate science by studying climate change effects at local and regional scales. The results of this new research will inform communities to build resilience against future effects of climate change. Read more.

Greetings from the College of Arts and Sciences!

As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I want to extend a warm welcome to our students as we embark upon this new academic year.

It has been wonderful to see our new and continuing students returning to classes and bringing our campus to life, especially after two years of the University community operating remotely because of the pandemic. 

NEIU’s diverse student body is like no other and is a key ingredient of the lifeblood that makes NEIU such a unique and excellent environment to learn. Our College faculty and programs are also key elements of NEIU’s excellence. I hope you avail yourselves of the expertise, guidance and support of our faculty as you pursue coursework in math and science, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts, and in our rich interdisciplinary programs. Our goal is not just to offer a world-class education that prepares you for a rewarding personal and professional life after graduation, but also to provide you with the support and resources that make your time at NEIU joyful and fulfilling.

Feel free to stop by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office in Room BBH 158 if you want to learn more about our programs, clubs/activities, and scholarship opportunities. I also encourage you to get engaged in the College and University community and to remember to stay connected to your program advisor.  

Have a great Fall 2022 semester and a successful academic year! 

Katrina E. Bell-Jordan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Communication, Media and Theatre

NEIU’s Political Science Honors Society Receives Prestigious National Award for Serving Students

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to share the news that NEIU Political Science Department’s Theta Lambda chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society, has been awarded a Best Chapter Award for 2021-2022. According to the Society, “These awards are intended to recognize local chapters that are particularly active in their institutions and communities and embody our society’s mission to stimulate scholarship and intellectual interest in political science.” Particularly impressive to the Society were the NEIU chapter’s “achievements in developing activities supporting student professional development, especially given the significant challenges faculty and students around the world continue to face due to the COVID pandemic.”

Political Science Department Chair Martyn de Bruyn, who serves as the chapter’s faculty advisor, was especially recognized for his extraordinary leadership. According to de Bruyn, “The Department of Political Science is honored to have been awarded the Best Chapter Award from our National Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha. During the pandemic it has been more important than ever to engage our students with activities and events outside the classroom. Pi Sigma Alpha has been a model for community building, and has helped us provide a rich learning experience for our students on campus and online.”