Dean's Office

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Mission

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow - educates students to be critical and imaginative thinkers and engaged citizens for a world increasingly characterized by diversity and change.

Nancy Gutierrez 2014As the foundational and largest college on campus, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and military sciences, as well as 24 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. We offer eight doctoral degrees, 34 master's degrees and graduate certificates and 34 undergraduate degrees. The college supports interdisciplinary programs at all levels. We are committed to developing an inclusive environment where diversity, in all its forms, is valued and incorporated in the full range of college activities.

Our mission is to advance the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow - to educate students to be critical and imaginative thinkers and engaged citizens for a world increasingly characterized by diversity and change. Our world-class faculty aspire to be thought leaders -- passionate about their teaching and scholarship -- who model ethical and engaged citizenship for their students. Our faculty and students actively engage with local, national, and global communities and seek to transform the world through creative and innovative solutions.

Our world is wrestling with such challenges as the effects of globalization, issues of sustainability, tensions between civil liberties and national security, threats to ecological and environmental stability, and conflicts between and among cultures. The College not only is a place of inquiry where faculty and students come together to learn about such topics, but it also is a laboratory in which solutions to these challenges are sought. As problems grow in complexity, we strive to bring areas of knowledge together to realize effective solutions.

By the time our students graduate, they are prepared for leadership and service, equipped with the tools for success, wherever they choose to live and work.

I invite prospective and current students and parents, faculty, staff, friends, supporters, and alumni to learn about and participate in the intellectual and cultural exchanges sponsored by the College.

Sincerely,

Nancy Gutierrez