The Mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to pursue academic excellence by providing unique educational experiences through integration of the liberal arts, graduate study, and professional training with international and interdisciplinary emphases.
Personnel and Financial Statistics
- Approximately 5,000 undergraduate majors, 750 graduate majors
- Approximately 360 Faculty
- Approximately 180,000 credit hours delivered by CAS (08-09 AY estimate)
- CAS delivers more than half of all credit hours on the UM campus
- Staff = 60 state funded, approximately 100 grant funded
- Budget (FY10) = approx. $44 million ($28M, state based expenditures, $16M external grants/contracts)
Points of Distinction
- The Creative Writing /Master of Fine Arts program is one of the oldest and most prestigious.It is ranked in the top 10 in the country.
- The UM Native American Center (completed in 2010) is the first center of its kind in the nation, built expressly to house the CAS Native American Studies Department, American Indian Student Services offices, and related campus programming.
- Wildlife Biology (a joint program with the College of Forestry& Conservation) is nationally renowned.
- The Environmental Studies Program is one of the top five of its kind in the nation.
- CAS is global: students study in more than 22 different countries through study abroad and exchange agreements.
- Model United Nations involves university and high school students in an engaging international relations simulation and sends college teams to national competitions.
- Minor in Mountain Studies is one of a very small number of programs nation-wide that focus on the inter-disciplinary study of mountain places and people.
- The joint Geosciences B.S. in International Field Geosciences with the University College of Cork (Ireland) and Potsdam University (Germany) is the first dual science undergraduate degree program in the U.S.
Meeting the Mission
- 23 departments and program in the humanities, natural and physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences that strive to offer high quality educational experiences and a curriculum to engage CAS majors, as well as students from the professional schools and colleges seeking foundation training and electives.
- For students, CAS courses build foundational knowledge and skills, breadth across disciplines and habits of inquiry and problem solving that inform their studies, careers, and personal lives in positive ways.
- CAS encourages and supports teaching and research that integrate across the traditional disciplines in collaborative and interdisciplinary ways, both within the college and across the University.
- CAS faculty strives to be effective teachers and mentors as well as scholars and researchers generating new knowledge in their own fields. Research and scholarship inform teaching and training students at all levels.