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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. We celebrate and value the diversity of people, cultures, and ideas in Nebraska and throughout our interdependent world.

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan and Yearly Reports

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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

Spring 2024: Cultivating Curiosity

Message from the Dean

As we enter a new year and a new semester, we look forward to another exciting period of intellectual discovery, creativity, and the robust exchange of ideas. The first words of the college’s mission statement are to “cultivate curiosity.” This is a vital feature of our college community because kindling curiosity is a vital spark that fuels new questions, inspires novel ideas and connections, and nourishes intellectual and personal growth.

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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.

Lincoln Is For Everyone

Whatever kind of person you are—adventurous, foodie, kid at heart—you'll find what you're looking for in Lincoln.

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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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