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Vision, Mission & Goals


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences strives to be a vibrant and diverse community of teachers and learners, who embrace the missions of undergraduate liberal education, graduate education in traditional and emerging areas of knowledge, research/creative activity, and professional engagement. CLAS faculty are intellectual leaders who are passionate about their teaching and scholarship, and who model ethical and engaged citizenship (broadly construed) for their students. The College community aspires to be proactive in its engagement with local, national, and global communities: it will observe the environment, identify underlying issues, and transform the world through creative and innovative solutions.


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, cognizant of its history as the foundational college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban research university, advances the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in the traditional areas of liberal arts and sciences and in emerging areas of study.


  • To educate graduate students so that they are full participants in extending the frontiers of knowledge and are proactive in framing and addressing societal needs;
  • To continue to nurture a culture that embraces and rewards both fundamental and applied research;
  • To educate undergraduate students in the tradition of the liberal arts with depth of knowledge in a given field, so that they are empowered with knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of values, of ethics, and of the responsibility for civic engagement;
  • To continue to build and enhance the intellectual community within the College, through shared governance and professional development;
  • To extend intellectual inquiry and engagement into local, national, and global communities;
  • To sustain and enhance an academic culture that sees diversity and inclusiveness as part of its identity;
  • To support all students’ academic success by maintaining a student climate of enriched educational experiences, opportunities for leadership, and exposure to the application of disciplinary knowledge and skills;
  • To establish and continually enhance a robust framework of teaching, learning and research facilities, including both physical and virtual spaces;
  • To foster a self-reflective community of educators who continuously examine their processes and assess practices in all aspects of teaching and research to insure effective outcomes