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Congratulations Class of 2024 

Many of you have endured—and overcame—a lot to get to commencement. But all that hard work and perseverance has paid off. From the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Chris Poulsen, congratulations to all 2,365 undergrads and 296 graduate students crossing the stage at commencement. Good luck in your post-college paths—and go Ducks!

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News from CAS

During the past six months, College of Arts and Sciences stakeholders have built a roadmap to guide the college over the next five years. Our new strategy was born from feedback and support from the college's community—including alumni, campus leaders, faculty, staff, and undergrad and graduate students. Read more how members of the CAS community had the chance to help shape the strategy during two CAS Community Conversations in April 2024.
PSYCHOLOGY - University of Oregon researchers are making it easier to include diverse and understudied populations in psychology research by designing a new approach to bring social interaction studies online, allowing scientists and participants to conduct studies remotely.
GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL STUDIES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE, PHYSICS - Where can a liberal arts degree take you? These College of Arts and Sciences seniors are charting their own course as they pursue careers in the specialty coffee industry, particle physics and public service.

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Your Gift Changes Lives

Gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences can help our students make the most of their college careers. To do this, CAS needs your support. Your contributions help us ensure that teaching, research, advising, mentoring, and support services are fully available to every student. Thank you!

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Congratulations, Graduating Ducks!

After years of hard work and dedication to your studies, your commencement is around the corner. This year's CAS commencement ceremonies are Sunday, June 16, and Monday, June 17. Visit the CAS Commencement page to find the time and place of your commencement, and don't forget to stay tuned to your respective departmental(s) pages, as details are subject to change.

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What’s Happening in CAS?

Artificial intelligence can tackle forged art and take science in new directions. But how does it fit in the classroom? AI experts in CAS weigh in on the topic and how they see AI finding its place with students.

Read more about AI in the new issue of CAS Connection. You’ll also find stories about one scholar's work on running legend Prefontaine, seniors recalling their time at the University of Oregon, how human history on Earth can provide us lessons on climate change—and more.

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Undergraduate Studies

Wherever your academic goals eventually take you at the UO, all Ducks begin their journey with foundational courses in CAS. More than 60 percent of students go on to pursue a major in a CAS department or program. With more than 50 departments and programs, there’s an intellectual home for almost any interest, talent, or career aspiration.

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Graduate Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 30 master's programs and more than 20 doctoral programs across a diverse range of disciplines. Both as contributors to research teams and through their own scholarship and teaching, our CAS graduate students are indispensable to the vitality of the UO academic mission.

Student Support Services

We provide our students with a variety of resources to help you thrive inside and outside the classroom. Through Tykeson Advising, we provide comprehensive academic and career advising from the start of your journey at the University of Oregon. Learn about career preparation and get assistance in selecting the very best classes. Connect with labs, libraries, IT and tutoring. Find your community on campus.

World-Class Faculty

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The College of Arts and Sciences faculty members are a driving force of the high-output, high-impact research activity that has earned the UO membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Our world-class faculty members are inspiring teachers.

Among them are five members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, four members of the National Academy of Sciences. They are committed to helping students discover their academic passion. Every day, they work to expand students’ intellectual horizons, preparing them for life after college with real-world knowledge and skills.

 

Spotlight on CAS Academics

Choose Your Path

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 50 majors and nearly 70 minors across multiple departments and programs in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. We also offer 36 master’s programs and 25 doctoral programs.

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Meet our Dean

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), we are committed to excellence in research and teaching, student success, and diversity, equity, and belonging. 

A liberal arts education—one that offers a breadth of intellectual approaches and perspectives and depth in a major discipline—is the foundation to a purposeful life as a life-long learner, engaged citizen, and leader. The skills you will learn here—from written and verbal communication to analytical and quantitative reasoning, to compassion and understanding—are those that employers seek and will open the door to a wealth of opportunities. 

You will find more than 50 majors and a multitude of minors within CAS, and seemingly endless opportunities for personal exploration and discovery. Whether you are an incoming first-year student, a grad student or a transfer student, you can map an exciting future and be part of a fun, warm, engaged liberal arts community here. Come join us. And go Ducks! 

More from Dean Chris Poulsen

The College of Arts and Sciences includes:

50+
undergraduate degree programs
30+
masters programs
25
PhD programs
10,000+
Undergraduate students in CAS Majors
795
faculty members
1,295
masters and PhD students in CAS

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Jun 12
2024 Student Organization Leadership Graduation Cord

Did you hold a student organization officer/leadership position? Are you graduating Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024? If so, you are eligible to receive a FREE...
2024 Student Organization Leadership Graduation Cord
March 27–June 30

Did you hold a student organization officer/leadership position? Are you graduating Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024? If so, you are eligible to receive a FREE Student Organization Leader Cord. To receive your cord, fill out this form https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1zRIfukUZUz1EGO before July 1, 2024.  

To be eligible for a Student Organization Leadership Cord a student must:   

be graduating Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024,   be in a UO Student Club that is officially registered or recognized and verified through the Engage system,   hold a Student Leadership position and that position should be indicated in the Engage system,  fill out the form completely,   submit it by July 1, 2024, and  have not been given a student organization leadership cord in a previous year. 

Cords can be picked up or mailed to you, your choice. Questions about cords should be directed to Center for Student Involvement csi@uoregon.edu, 541-346-2631 

Jun 12
Gifts for Grads at the Museum Store

Shopping for the science grad in your life? Head to the museum store! From geoscience water bottles to chemistry-themed jewelry, we've got the perfect science-themed gift just...
Gifts for Grads at the Museum Store
June 12–17
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Shopping for the science grad in your life? Head to the museum store! From geoscience water bottles to chemistry-themed jewelry, we've got the perfect science-themed gift just in time for Commencement. Take 10 percent off any non-consignment item (20 percent off for MNCH members and UO faculty and staff) and take home a free canvas tote with your purchase of $50 or more.

Admission to the museum store is always free.

Jun 12
Touch Grass - Advanced Photography Student Exhibition 7:00 a.m.

Join the McMillan Gallery Team as we celebrate the final class projects of the Advanced Photography Student Exhibit: Touch Grass. RECEPTION: Thursday, May 30th fro 6:00 pm -...
Touch Grass - Advanced Photography Student Exhibition
May 28–June 14
7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Adell McMillan Gallery

Join the McMillan Gallery Team as we celebrate the final class projects of the Advanced Photography Student Exhibit: Touch Grass.

RECEPTION: Thursday, May 30th fro 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the EMU McMillan Gallery - FREE Refreshments & DIY Craft Totes provided

The exhibit will be on view from May 28th - June 14th. Student artists featured include: Abby Blank, Lily Brammer, Mario Castro, Sneha Chopra, Grace Drum, Helena Gallivan, Hunter Garcia, Ethan Hewitt, Emily Hicks, Zoe Maitland, Calder Muller, Brianna Murschel, Joe Peplinsk, Owen Price, Ilka Sankari, Andrew and Schumacher. Professor Ron Jude teaches this ARTO 484: Advanced Photography class in the EMU McMillan Gallery. The host of this annual event is the McMillan Gallery Team is part of the SAB Arts & Culture Team.

Jun 12
Best of Spring Storm 9:00 a.m.

An exhibition celebrating the juried awardees of our Spring Storm showcase: representing some of the best work of this year’s senior class.

Best of Spring Storm
June 10–14
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Laverne Krause Gallery

An exhibition celebrating the juried awardees of our Spring Storm showcase: representing some of the best work of this year’s senior class.