Welcome to the College of Arts and Science

Welcome to the College of Arts and Science, where faculty and students are devoted to discovery in the laboratory and field, the studio and stage, the library and archive.  

By the numbers, the College of Arts and Science is the home of

  • More than 30 undergraduate majors, including some of the oldest disciplines (such as mathematics and classical studies) and some of the newest degree programs (digital storytelling)
  • 28 departments, 13 programs, 4 interdisciplinary centers/institutes, and two museums
  • Approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 500 full-time faculty, and nearly 200 full-time staff
  • More than 50 current faculty honored with a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
  • More than $18 million in sponsored research (fiscal year 2015)
  • 63,000 living alumni in all 50 states, most U.S. territories, and more than 90 countries

Students in the College of Arts and Science have all the advantages of a liberal arts education in the context of a comprehensive research university, one that has been a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1908.  Our degree requirements, including a recently approved diversity course requirement, ensure that our students are prepared for the diverse and global environments in which we live and work. Here in A&S, our students conduct original research, create, and perform alongside internationally recognized scientists, scholars, artists, and musicians, and they apply and extend their learning in undergraduate and graduate research projects, study-abroad experiences, internships, and service learning.

Here in A&S, we are especially proud of our alumni, who are scientists, governors, actors, business executives, community activists, astronauts, teachers, and physicians, to name just a few. These alumni—along with our faculty, students, and staff—ensure that the impact of an A&S education extends well beyond our campus borders. To view the list of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, click here.

Patricia Okker
Interim Dean