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About the College of Arts and Sciences

About

The College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual hub of the University of Oregon and serves roughly two thirds of all students at the university. We have more than 750 faculty across 50 departments and programs covering the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.

To prepare our students to lead productive lives beyond college, we challenge them to examine our society’s most important questions, thereby developing and honing their liberal arts skills in questioning critically, thinking logically, communicating clearly, and collaborating with others. These skills prepare them for life after graduation as both residents and career professionals. CAS students are also provided with cutting-edge, integrated academic and career advising in our new state-of-the-art Tykeson Hall.

54
Undergraduate Majors
10,000+
CAS Majors
42
Masters' Programs
75

Undergraduate Minors

26

Doctoral Programs

750

Faculty Members

Highlighting Our Work in Equity and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Sciences takes its charge and inspiration from the University of Oregon Mission Statement and the Division of Equity and Inclusion’s IDEAL Framework. We are committed to bringing equity and inclusion work into all we do. To name just a few

recent efforts, our faculty recently created a new Center for Environmental Futures to support environmentalism and social justice, as well as new Black Studies and Latinx Studies minors. This fall, we are launching a new School of Global Studies and Languages while also starting searches to add a new group of faculty with expertise in Native American and Indigenous Studies to our campus. CAS welcomes students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and perspectives.

Diversity and Equity Resources

CAS Divisions

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Natural Sciences

Our science departments are some of our highest-ranked departments at the university and internationally-renowned in such diverse areas as neuroscience, genetic research, human performance, and volcanology. Our world-renowned faulty share their excitement about their research with their students, training them to become part of the next generation of scientists who will push the frontiers of human knowledge.

Natural Sciences

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Social Sciences

Social sciences provide analytical approaches to understanding human behavior. Research and teaching often focus on society’s most challenging issues, including racism, inequality, international relations and conflict, ethnic strife, and climate change. The social sciences provide a range of tools to analyze these issues from first person interviews and fieldwork to statistical analysis of big data.

Social Sciences

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Humanities

The humanities offer fundamental insights into the human condition as they manifest in literature, cinema, history, philosophy, performance, new media, religion, linguistics, and all other domains of human thought and expression. Study in the humanities forms and deepens us as individuals, citizens, and as contributors to society, and provides necessary insight into what matters in life.

Humanities

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School of Global Studies and Languages

At the School of Global Studies and Languages, students engage with diverse cultures, languages, histories, and lifeways across the world. GSL prepares our graduates for life after college with an interdisciplinary curriculum, innovative language teaching, abundant learning opportunities outside the classroom, and paths of study that lead to many options for real-world careers.

School of Global Studies and Languages

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CAS Faculty

Our faculty are world-class and award-winning scholars, and include winners of the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science, and members of prestigious organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Arts and Sciences. They bring in tens of millions of dollars in new grants annually.

10
members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
4
members of the National Academy of Sciences
5
members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences



750
Instructional and research faculty members
50+
departments and programs
$75M
dollars in sponsored research
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Our Facilities

Located in the heart of campus, Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the University Career Center and the Division of Equity and Inclusion.

CAS also is home to a range of world-class research centers, institutes, and core facilities that provide researchers and students with access to the latest instrumentation, expertise, and services.

Explore Our Facilities

Events

LGBTQIA+ Jewish Social Hour
Dec6
LGBTQIA+ Jewish Social Hour Dec 6
LGBTQIA+ Jewish Social Hour
Dec9
LGBTQIA+ Jewish Social Hour Dec 9
"A Christmas Carol"
Dec10
"A Christmas Carol" Dec 10 Miller Theatre Complex
"A Christmas Carol"
Dec11
"A Christmas Carol" Dec 11 Miller Theatre Complex
History Pub Presents "Eminent Oregonians"
Dec13
History Pub Presents "Eminent Oregonians" Dec 13
4J BEST Tutoring Info-Session (Get work study $ + help kids learn!)
Jan6
4J BEST Tutoring Info-Session (Get work study $ + help kids learn!) Jan 6
Imagining Futures Lecture: Kimberly Nicholas
Jan12
Imagining Futures Lecture: Kimberly Nicholas Jan 12
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Awards Ceremony 2022
Jan13
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Awards Ceremony 2022 Jan 13 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Romance Languages Books in Print: Nathalie Hester
Jan14
Romance Languages Books in Print: Nathalie Hester Jan 14
"Personal History" by Dominic Taylor
Jan21
"Personal History" by Dominic Taylor Jan 21 Miller Theatre Complex