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Arts & Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Just from looking at the title, it may seem like “arts” and “sciences” are at opposite ends of the spectrum. But here at UM, it all makes sense. Our Arts & Sciences students are preparing to change the world for the better, and that requires a dual perspective. It means taking a scientific approach through asking the right questions and formulating hypotheses, but it also means that an artistic use of creativity and attention to detail is paramount. From French to Philosophy, from Chemistry to History, our students all have one thing in common: they’re going places.


Our Mission is to educate citizens and prepare them for a diverse and changing world.

In addition, we strive to develop in students higher-order thinking skills, a substantial body of knowledge, a commitment to use and appreciate learning, effective communication skills, an awareness of human commonalities and differences, and a concern for the common good.

With departments in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences offers major and minor programs of study for students seeking a liberal education, whether for personal development or as a foundation for specialized professional study.

Why UM for Arts & Sciences?

Arts & Sciences is the largest college at UM, so if you’re passionate about something, you’ll fit right in. Our innovative programs are the foundation of UM’s focus on interdisciplinary studies, and our professors are more than just instructors—they’re advisors, mentors. And with several unique minor options, from Game Studies and Design to Environmental Studies, Arts & Sciences is the true definition of a liberal arts education.