Oldfather Hall on campus

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.

Spring 2021: Now More Than Ever

January 25, 2021

As we ready ourselves to start a new semester, I’d like to welcome everyone back!

After an extended winter break, the sights and sounds of students walking across campus, preparing for classes, and assembling on Zoom is an inspiring reminder that—despite all of the adjustments we must continue to make—our shared commitment to education and to the betterment of ourselves and our world remains as strong as ever.

To our students: thank you for making your Cornhusker Commitment, downloading the Safer Community app, participating in the saliva testing program, and doing your part to protect your health and the health of our university community.

To the faculty and staff of the college who continue to advance our educational, research, and outreach missions under personally and professionally trying circumstances: thank you! You set a powerful example every day of dedicated, talented, and caring professionals who are committed to extending the reach and impact of the transformative power of higher education.

When we asked for four volunteers to help the university expand its capacity for contact tracing, nine people quickly stepped up to offer their help. This is just one example—of many that I see every day—of people throughout the college who embody the principle and spirit of service to others.

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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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. Our catalog has grown as we continue to share monthly sets of theme-based tunes. We even commemorated a year of playlists with a "greatest hits".

Time to drop a beat