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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

About the College of Arts and Sciences

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The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, it forms the foundation of a Syracuse education and offers 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs). Approximately one third of Syracuse’s student body is enrolled with A&S | Maxwell, and study in internationally recognized programs with more than 350 accomplished faculty.

Hallmarks of an A&S education include a keen focus on experiential learning, the cultivation of strong critical reasoning and communication skills, and an integrated advising model that links academic and career mentorship. A&S is a primary contributor to the University’s R1 (“Very High Research”) designation, and both undergraduates and graduates can participate in research across the disciplines. Students can also choose to complement their A&S coursework with offerings from the University’s other schools and colleges. This powerful blend produces graduates who are lifetime explorers—people who are professionally and personally adaptable, fearless in their pursuits, and who strive to make the world healthier, more hopeful and more human. They comprise a worldwide network of 70,000+ alumni. Our alumni remain connected to A&S as advisory board members, immersion trip sponsors, student mentors, and financial supporters.

Mission

The College of Arts and Sciences stands as the intellectual center of Syracuse University and is committed to internationally recognized research and innovative instruction with an emphasis on disciplinary rigor, creative interdisciplinarity, as well as ethical engagement with issues of social justice and global citizenship.

Vision

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

Developed to complement the University’s overarching vision and goals, the College’s academic strategic plan foregrounds educational excellence, diversity and inclusion, research, and research-driven instruction.

View the Academic Strategic Plan (PDF).