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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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Fall 2021: We Welcome All To Campus

August 20, 2021

To everyone in our College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) community—welcome to the start of a new and exciting academic year.

This year, perhaps more than ever before, we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to return to the unique learning and social environment that comes with in-person, residential education. Since we know that Huskers help Huskers, we are counting on all of our students, faculty, and staff to continue doing their part to help keep our campus fully open by protecting the safety and health of everyone in our extended and interconnected community.

This begins by taking part in the voluntary COVID-19 vaccine registry, completing all COVID-19 testing as required by the university, treating our colleagues who are serving as Wellness Attendants with the respect and gratitude they deserve, and masking-up as requested or required within the academic spaces of our campus.

Taking these small but necessary steps will help us sustain access to the rigorous in-person education in the liberal arts that has defined the essential mission of the College of Arts and Sciences for 152 years.

Our vision is that through imagination, innovation, and collaboration, we will transform lives and improve our world. To achieve this vision, we know that we must fearlessly seek truth, advance new ways of knowing, perceiving, and understanding our world, and continually deepen our understanding of humanity in all of its rich and complex diversity.

Student academic and career success is at the heart of the college’s new five-year strategic plan. We are actively taking steps now to make sure that every student has at least one robust experiential learning opportunity during their time at UNL.

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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

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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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