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Pre Lives!

Before he was a professor in the folklore and public culture and English departments, Daniel Wojcik ran high school cross country. And one of his many runs is still fresh in his memory: when he ran with Steve Prefontaine in 1973. Years later, Wojcik's work has been on religious beliefs and practices, including pilgrimages to Pre's Rock, where Pre died in 1975 about a mile from the University of Oregon campus. Prepare for the 2024 Pre Classic with a Q&A with Wojcik on why Prefontaine is still powerful today.

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News from CAS

EARTH SCIENCES - hree universities — including the University of Oregon’s Oregon Hazards Lab, known as OHAZ; the University of Nevada, Reno; and ALERTCalifornia at the University of California, San Diego — have integrated their wildfire monitoring networks under a single software platform, ALERTWest. This partnership allows unprecedented sharing between monitoring systems and provides wildland firefighters with easier access to real-time data.
High school students from all over Oregon traveled in flocks to the University of Oregon for Foreign Language and International Studies Day. The annual celebration, held in May, provides approximately 1,000 students with an immersive experience in cultures and languages of the world, and a chance to learn more about the university’s foreign language department
MATHEMATICS - Why did we all have to learn the quadratic formula in middle school? Is learning how to find the roots of a polynomial actually useful? Professor Benson Farb from the University of Chicago will answer those questions during the Department of Mathematics' 2024 Niven Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, May 20, in 110 Fenton Hall.

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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.

 

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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! 

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50+
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May 27
'Solo Exhibition' - Foyer Gallery

Clay sculpture by Xavier Arvizu

'Solo Exhibition' - Foyer Gallery
May 27–30
Lawrence Hall Foyer Gallery

Clay sculpture by Xavier Arvizu

May 27
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 

May 27
Corporeal Subterranea - a BFA Thesis Exhibition by Niko Berger

For those who cannot be contained. The body should not hold power. When it rises up its impact must be minimized: shower, shave, clean and contain. The rules of order imposed by...
Corporeal Subterranea - a BFA Thesis Exhibition by Niko Berger
May 27–30
Lawrence Hall Laverne Krause Gallery

For those who cannot be contained.

The body should not hold power. When it rises up its impact must be minimized: shower, shave, clean and contain. The rules of order imposed by culture keep the body subordinated to the mind. But what becomes of identity, agency, and power when the corporeality of the human body dominates rational form? Can the grotesque body, the abject externalization of Corporeal Subterranea, become a radical state of being comparable to queer embodiment?

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Closing reception, 5/30 5-6pm

 

May 27
Craft Center Visiting Artist Exhibit: Frank Gosar

The Craft Center is excited to welcome our spring 2024 visiting artist, Frank Gosar. Frank has been creating pottery for over 30 years as Off Center Ceramics. His work will be on...
Craft Center Visiting Artist Exhibit: Frank Gosar
April 1–June 7
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Craft Center Gallery, Floor 2

The Craft Center is excited to welcome our spring 2024 visiting artist, Frank Gosar. Frank has been creating pottery for over 30 years as Off Center Ceramics. His work will be on view in the Craft Center Gallery from April 1 - June 7. 

Frank will also be teaching two workshops with the Craft Center this term, "Brush Making and Ceramic Painting" and "Potter's Tool Kit." For more information or to register, please visit https://craftcenter.uoregon.edu/workshops.

(The Craft Center Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Erb Memorial Union just past the Adell McMillan Gallery. Please check the Erb Memorial Union website for site hours.)