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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

Strategic Plan PDF

Here are the details and drafts
that went into the creation of this plan.

Mark E. Button

Mark E. Button

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Political Science

Fall 2022: Community, Connection, and Belonging for All

Message from the Dean, August 18, 2022

To all new students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS): Welcome! We are so glad you have joined our caring Husker community. And to all our returning students, faculty, and staff: Welcome back! We cannot wait to reconnect with you this year.

We are excited to begin what we expect will be a return to “normal” operations on campus. In particular, we look forward to making connections with you in person, learning about your dreams and aspirations for the future, and working with you to turn these dreams into reality. This is why Community, Connection, and Belonging for All was chosen as the organizing theme for all leaders and units throughout the college this year.

Amid the numerous challenges that we faced and have overcome throughout the winding course of the pandemic, we have never wavered on our abiding commitment to student academic and career success.

In this context, some big things are happening in CAS.

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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 and 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.

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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Give Back For Today's Students

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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