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It is the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver a first-rate education dedicated to the traditions and values of the liberal arts. These traditions include developing the skills of critical reasoning, writing, reading and deduction and providing a firm grounding in the theories and methodologies of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics. These values include a commitment to rigorous questioning of principles and practices, intellectual integrity, community responsibility, and diversity of perspectives in the pursuit of truth and social justice.

Fundamental to a liberal education is the acquisition, preservation, and transmission of new ideas and knowledge. Study within the College of Arts and Sciences broadens and enriches a student’s intellectual and cultural background. The College provides a core curriculum for all students whatever their major fields or career goals. With specialized and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the College strives to offer a wide variety of learning and research opportunities to its students guided by nationally and internationally renowned faculty--faculty as passionate and intent on adding to human understanding as they are to passing this understanding on to future generations.