On October 8, 1974, the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences was officially named after Pace alumnus and trustee, Charles H. Dyson, renaming the former School of Arts and Sciences to reflect “the fundamental nature of the Arts and Sciences as being the foundation of all academic and professional programs.” [President Edward J. Mortola]
The College has continued to grow and flourish, offering a high quality liberal arts education combined with preparation for professional achievement to meet your immediate career goals as well as prepare you for continuing graduate or professional education.
The first Bachelor of Arts degrees were award by Pace in 1953—there were 4 graduates!
In 2008, Dyson graduated 387 Bachelor of Arts students, 25 Bachelor of Fine Arts students, 169 Bachelor of Science students, 18 Master of Arts students, 74 Master of Science students, 34 Master of Public Administration Students and 20 Doctor of Psychology students.
Dyson currently has more than 3,300 registered undergraduate students and more that 860 registered graduate students in over 50 programs, spanning the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, health and pre-professional sciences (including pre-medicine and pre-law). The College also offers numerous courses open to all Pace undergraduates that fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, allowing students to design a course of study tailored to achieve their personal educational and career goals. In small classes taught by caring faculty who are active practitioners in their fields, Dyson offers extraordinarily innovative liberal arts programs at convenient multi-campus locations in New York City and Westchester County as well as numerous online and “blended” courses.
Dyson College offers the resources and caliber of faculty that you would expect at a large university, while providing the close personal attention associated with a small college experience.
Points of Distinction
Dyson programs: a synthesis of a practical and liberal education. Dyson programs provide a practical education grounded in theory that synthesizes classroom work with the real world through internships, civic involvement, and independent student/faculty research. This engagement transforms passive learning into purposeful action that prepares you for life after graduation.
Program Flexibility. Dyson offers many multidisciplinary programs that allow you to easily earn a dual-major degree, earn a minor in most subject areas, or develop an in-depth sequence in an academic discipline. Many programs have an international aspect that emphasizes global learning.
Innovative Core Curriculum. The Pace Core Curriculum allows for flexibility and choice so you can fulfill requirements according to your interests. Our courses promote active learning, student success, and faculty-student interaction. Many courses include opportunities for civic involvement and service learning, which emphasize social and global responsibility.
Learning Communities. Dyson learning communities are paired courses that examine critical issues from multidisciplinary perspectives. Two faculty members from different fields work with students to delve more deeply into areas of interest, developing critical thinking and analytic skills that draw upon multiple sources of knowledge.
Pre-professional and Graduate Preparation. Our programs provide excellent preparation for those intending to pursue post-baccalaureate study in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, or veterinary science, law, or any graduate course of study.
Accelerated graduate study. If you’re interested in fast-tracking a graduate degree, the College offers many combined degree programs where you can earn both an undergraduate and graduate or professional degree in five or six years, including on-line course offerings.