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College of Arts and Sciences

Mission & Vision


Since 1805, the College has been the intellectual core of the University, entrusted to provide superb teaching in the arts and sciences to all students.  The College is a richly diverse community dedicated to the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge about the natural and human world.  The College is committed to enriching the academic experience of every graduate and undergraduate student through a wide and innovative array of courses, programs, and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences, and to excelling in research, scholarship, and creative activity.  With its broad coverage of academic disciplines, the College is uniquely situated to promote opportunities for graduate and undergraduate student research and interdisciplinary and international learning.  As the heart of a major research university, the College is a catalyst for positive change in the local community, the state, the nation, and the world.


The College of Arts and Sciences aspires to transform the lives of our students and improve the world they will inhabit by creating and sharing knowledge at the frontiers of inquiry.


To learn more about how the College plans to uphold its vision and mission read the 2016-2017 Blueprint for Academic Excellence (PDF)