Dean's first year message

Inspiring Scientific and Cultural Discovery to Improve the Human Condition.

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the academic heart of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this college you will find a rich diversity of immensely talented faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated to pursuing excellence in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. CAS embodies the foundational charter of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by "affording all the inhabitants of the state the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science, and the arts."

We are a large, diverse, and collaborative community of scholars who are united in advancing our knowledge of the human, social, and physical worlds and exploring the complex interactions between these domains of inquiry. CAS faculty are also united by our shared sense of responsibility to contribute through our scholarship, teaching, and service to the good of the people of Nebraska, the country, and the world. In doing so, we are committed to valuing multiple perspectives, embracing excellence through diversity of all kinds, and honoring and defending academic freedom and the spirit of open and endless critical inquiry.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Nebraska offers opportunities to let your curiosity and passion find new realms of exploration and discovery. As dean of the college, my aspiration for every student in CAS is that you will have at least one transformative learning experience during your time on our campus – whether that is in the lab, in the field, through an internship, or a study-abroad opportunity.

A degree in any one of the college's 33 majors (along with 57 minors) is a life-long investment in the endless cultivation of one's mind, scientific awareness, and cultural and ethical sensibilities. A degree from CAS will also prepare you for success in the world because today's employers are looking for individuals who can think critically, communicate clearly, and work effectively with diverse groups of people to address complex real-world problems.

CAS is dedicated to providing a rigorous liberal arts education that will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective, responsible, and ethical citizens of the world. At home and throughout our interconnected world, we face a wide range of significant environmental, social, and moral challenges. The College of Arts and Sciences is where tomorrow's leaders can begin their own journey toward making a positive difference in the world today.

I encourage you to explore the college's website and reach out and connect with our dedicated faculty, staff, and students about how you can begin to co-create your own educational experience at Nebraska. I am confident that you will find that CAS personifies the motto of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

Literis dedicata et omnibus artibus – "Dedicated to letters and all the arts."

Mark E. Button

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

Strategic Plan