Office of the Dean


Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences at Gonzaga University!

I am delighted to serve as the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The College is truly a special place. What makes it special?

It begins with the people.

True to the Jesuit mission, Gonzaga cares for the whole person. Since joining the Gonzaga community as dean in summer 2020, I have felt a deep sense of consolation from the warm welcomes I continue to receive from students, staff, and faculty. It is especially strong now that I’m able to meet people in person! I feel blessed to have joined a community where we are all engaged in our collective mission to be people for others.

The College of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff engage in this work through dedicated, creative, and skillful student-centered instruction and mentoring, whether it is offered in the classroom, lab, art studio, or recital hall. Students of the College are invited to engage in class actively and advising sessions, conduct independent research with faculty mentors, undertake internships and service-learning opportunities to develop content knowledge and marketable skills. These skills include problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning, communication, relationship building, socially just practices, and cultural humility. Graduates of our College serve and work worldwide in various industries and non-profit organizations to support the common good.

As a first-generation college student and as a daughter of a father who immigrated from Spain and a mother who migrated from Puerto Rico, I was raised to embrace education as the means to economic independence and prosperity. But I’d like to emphasize that the very same skillsets that make Arts and Sciences graduates so marketable also support our very human desire to live a good life and to be of service to others.

As humans, we need to see and create beauty in the world, appreciate goodness in all its forms, and seek and share truth. The College of Arts & Sciences houses a breadth of disciplines that foster this search, including the fine and performing arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, math, and the natural sciences. Faculty and staff in every single program and department in the College are committed to this work central to the Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic mission of engaging in a well-lived life.

If this mission intrigues you, I invite you to know us better by following social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube), reading our newsletters, following our blog, learning about our efforts to create a more inclusive community.

In the meantime, welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences and please know that there are many people—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—who welcome you into this community too. We are fortunate to have you with us!

Annmarie Caño, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

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Spokane, WA 99258