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The Intellectual Heart and Soul of Syracuse University

Mission Statement

As the liberal arts college at the center of a major research institution, the College of Arts and Sciences stands as the intellectual heart and soul of Syracuse University providing a highly-personalized academic experience. The College prepares each student for success as a citizen of the world through disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and service on campus and around the world.


Internationally recognized faculty and outstanding staff work to engage students in a research-driven, dynamic, innovative liberal arts experience to ensure academic achievement and lifelong success.

Academic Strategic Plan

View the Academic Strategic Plan (PDF).

Core Values

  • Unity: As Syracuse’s founding college, Arts and Sciences is the intellectual and academic hub; it's the one experience shared by all undergraduates at the University.
  • Personalization: The College believes in the value of a personalized, liberal arts education—one that emphasizes knowledge across a wide spectrum, the critical analysis of information, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Preparedness: The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University provides its students with a foundation of skills and knowledge that can be applied to many academic pursuits and career paths. Employers and graduate schools value one's ability to solve problems, adapt to change, collaborate with others, and work across disciplines—all basic tenets of a liberal arts that prepare students not only for job placement, but for success and for life.
  • Opportunity: The College, through its three divisions in the sciences and mathematics, humanities, and social sciences, offers more than 50 majors, 40 minors, and 30 master’s and Ph.D. programs. The College also offers selected studies, independent study, a number of dual and combined degree programs, and Integrated Learning Majors as well as interdisciplinary degree options with the University’s professional schools and colleges at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Interdisciplinarity: We are home to more than a third of all the University’s undergraduates and faculty, some of whom enjoy the benefits of affiliations with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications, and other units on campus.
  • Exploration: Our classrooms have no walls; faculty and students conduct research all over the world. By connecting academic and intellectual pursuits with personal interests, we provide students with broadly applicable skill sets designed for long-term success.
  • Citizenship: The College prepares students to assume their leadership roles in society by encouraging students to embrace the diversity and richness of peoples, cultures, and natural processes in the world.
  • Excellence: Rigorous courses of study across our three academic divisions provide students with critical skills that help them launch successful careers in a vast array of fields. Many undergraduates augment their experience with one or more dual-degree or interdisciplinary options.  Our high caliber programs guide students to think critically, communicate effectively, and solve problems creatively, across the disciplines, underscoring our personalized and integrated approach to learning. Arts and Sciences students are as smart and imaginative as they are nimble and resourceful.
  • Mentorship: Mentored by nationally and internationally renowned scholars, writers, and scientists, students are immersed in a rigorous environment of academic research, scholarship, and creativity where they develop the tools and skills needed to effect change and generate new knowledge and ideas in their chosen fields.
  • Curiosity: In the College, close attention is paid to scholarship clusters and cross-campus collaborative initiatives, all of which are enhanced by our signature Liberal Arts Core. Witness our large, distinguished faculty; diverse and talented student body; myriad of strategic partnerships, on and off campus; and many cross-disciplinary ventures (e.g., The Renée Crown University Honors Program, The Syracuse University Humanities Center, the Mellon-sponsored Central New York Humanities Corridor, and the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute).
  • Innovation: Emerging areas of interdisciplinary excellence centered within the College include the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology, biomedicine, neuroscience, humanities in the digital age, and climate change and sustainability.

Read about the History of the College