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 students are preparing to change the world for the better, and that requires a dual perspective. It means not only 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, students in the College of Arts and Sciences 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.

To meet that goal, 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 arts education.

Why UM for Arts & Sciences?

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to the value of a liberal arts education.  So whatever your major, earning your degree from UM’s College of Arts and Sciences provides the opportunity to develop the skills and traits that employers repeatedly rank as most important:

Ethical judgment and decision-making
Effective communication
Critical thinking and analytical reasoning (flexibility, mental agility, resilience)
Ability to work both independently and in teams
Ability to work with diverse groups
Application of knowledge (internships, practicums, clinical and lab experiences, service learning, undergraduate research)

These employer-desired skills and traits also just happen to be the hallmarks of a liberal arts education!

Explore the many options available in UM’s College of Arts and Sciences!