School of Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the School of Arts and Sciences

We offer diverse programs that lead students to successful and rewarding careers and to opportunities for further education.

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Justice Studies
Media Studies & Professional Communication
Open Studies
Social Work

Visit Arts and Sciences Advising to learn more about meeting with an Advisor, applying to Red Deer College, and registering in your chosen program.

Curious about what you can do with a specific diploma or degree? Details are available at Career and Employment Services.

Message from the Dean Torben Andersen, Dean

I invite you to join the School of Arts and Sciences at Red Deer College. In our School, you will find expert instructors who provide you with academically challenging, highly supportive, and engaging learning experiences. 

Our diploma, university transfer, and collaborative degree programs, with individual courses in 25 different subject areas, offer flexibility to tailor your pathway to your passions, goals, and level of preparation.

No matter which program you choose, your instructors will be expert in their fields, passionate about teaching, and committed to helping you meet high standards that will enable you to succeed in university and in your career.

School of Arts and Sciences faculty will challenge and support you with both traditional and innovative subject matter, teaching methods, classroom activities, and experiential and community-based learning opportunities. Personal connections between you and your classmates and your instructor will support your learning. 

Exercise your power to choose courses, class projects, and extra-curricular activities that excite you and foster your curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. If you do, you are likely to enjoy and excel in your studies while developing valuable skills in research methods, statistical and textual analysis, written and spoken communication, and digital information literacy, to name just a few.

In the School of Arts and Sciences we judge our success not by who students are when they arrive, but by what they have learned – and how they have grown – by the time they leave, and by what they accomplish and contribute throughout their lives.

Are we successful? Our students think so. In a survey of School of Arts and Sciences program completers in 2016-17, 96% reported satisfaction with their program. We also take pride in the successes and contributions of our alumni over the last 50 years in fields such as law, medicine, social work, engineering, media, research, business, government, and community building.

Please review our programs listed above and the profiles of the faculty who will be your teachers if you choose to join our learning community.

- Dr. Torben Andersen, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences


Arts and Sciences News & Events

Upcoming Annual World Religions Conference: Living a Meaningful Life

 On Oct 22, RDC will host the thirteenth annual World Religions Conference, entitled "Living a Meaningful Life." Organized by Philosophy instructor Dr. Dan Haas, this year's conference will feature be a special tribute to Dr. Guillermo Barron. Four speakers of diverse spiritual backgrounds will be speaking at the event: a minister from Red...

The Philosopher's Café: Gender or Ungender?

 On October 17, join Anthropology/Sociology Professor Dr. Carrie Dennett as she leads The Philosopher's Café in a discussion on gender issues. Participants will explore how we define and negotiate sex, sexuality, and gender identity in an increasingly complicated world. This event seeks to tackle specific personal, social, and policy-related...