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In the College of Arts and Sciences, our passion drives discovery and creative activity. Our research and teaching engage multiple disciplines, foster many different ways of perceiving our surroundings, and pursue multiple paths for exploring the world. We push ourselves and our students to think deeply and broadly—to integrate ideas from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences—in ways that lead to innovation and prepare us for the challenges that tomorrow will bring. Together, we cherish the diversity of people, cultures, and ideas in Nebraska and throughout our interdependent world.

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Strategic Plan

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Spring 2022: Ensuring A Successful Future

January 24, 2022

Welcome back Huskers! We wish you an invigorating, challenging, and productive spring semester. We know that you will continue do your part to keep yourself and everyone in our community safe and healthy. 

The College of Arts and Sciences continues to make great strides in the promotion of student academic and career success.

Expanding access to internships and experiential learning opportunities for all students

  • The faculty of the college recently approved the requirement that all newly-admitted undergraduate students in CAS take an Experiential Learning designated course prior to graduation.  This may include 0 credit courses designed to document co-curricular activities recognized as Experiential Learning.
  • Generous financial support from alumni and friends of the college will help ensure that internships, research opportunities, and study abroad experiences are more widely available to all students.
  • With financial support from the college’s Alumni Advisory Council, CAS students will have access to a global network of career mentors through Husker Connect this fall. 

Supporting retention and degree completion for all students

  • A new permanent endowed fund created by alumni and friends of the college will ensure that the CAS Cares Fund—to help students through short-term financial challengeswill remain a central focus for the college in perpetuity.   

Advancing anti-racism and equity

  • The college has instituted new administrative practices to support our commitment to recruit and retain diverse faculty and staff.
  • Work is underway to create an Asian American Studies program within the Institute for Ethnic Studies.

Leading in research and teaching excellence

  • One of the largest grants in UNL history was recently awarded to researchers in CAS: a $51 million NSF grant to advance subatomic physics research at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, led by Professor Ken Bloom and colleagues Dan Claes, Frank Golf, and Ilya Kravechenko.
  • CAS Inquire lecture series, co-led by CAS undergraduate students, continues this semester with multidisciplinary public presentations on the theme “Pleasure and Pain.” 

We have a busy spring on tap, so stay connected through our news, events, and social media.

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Set up for success with a liberal arts degree

Skills employers want that go with you anywhere

A liberal arts degree empowers you for dealing with complexity, diversity, and change. Gain a broad knowledge of the world and deep knowledge in specific areas. Become a better communicator, analyst, and problem-solver. Then apply your knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

  • Employers like liberal arts graduates because they have the skills necessary to adapt in a changing workplace.
  • Your degree remains valuable as your interests and experience—and the job market—change.
  • Liberal arts graduates understand problems, generate solutions, and communicate them.
  • An undergraduate liberal arts background prepares you for a diverse field of graduate studies.

No matter where you go or what you do, a liberal arts education is for life. Adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Imagine the possibilities

Equity for All

The college's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee works closely with the university to ensure the equal right of every member of our community—students, staff, and faculty—to be included, supported, and heard.

About the IDEA Comittee

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We Got the Beat

In March of 2020 we launched a series of upbeat Spotify playlists to offset the content of our COVID-19 resource page and the mood of those times.

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Your gift has the potential to affect many areas of a College of Arts and Sciences education. From funding scholarships and professorships to providing support for programs or projects, you can contribute to the curiosity of our students.

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