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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.

Fall 2020 Welcome Back to Campus: Where We Are Now and Where We're Going

August 18, 2020

Welcome to the start of the fall 2020 academic semester. To all of our new and returning students: we are so excited that you are members of our CAS community.

The dedicated faculty and staff of the college have been busy over the summer preparing for your arrival on campus – taking new and unprecedented steps to help keep you safe and healthy while advancing our college’s core commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education across all of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

As members of our Husker community, I hope you will join me in making the Cornhusker Commitment to take the necessary steps to stay well and protect each other.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created some disruptions to the ways in which we must conduct our day-to-day operations this fall, our passion for scientific discovery and creative activity remains undiminished.

Through imagination, innovation, and collaboration we will transform lives and improve our world – that is the guiding vision of “CAS 2025 and Beyond.” Through your intellectual curiosity, creative imagination, and dedication to improving the conditions of our shared natural and social world, you can help us realize this vision during your time on our campus.

Mark E. Button

Mark E. Button
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Political Science

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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

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.

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