About the College

The College of Arts and Science (CAS) is:

  • Miami's largest division, represented by nearly half of all students
  • the centerpiece of the liberal arts — the wide range of subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities crucial for the development of key professional skills desired by employers
  • made up of more than 60 majors, 10 co-majors, and dozens of minors — everything from American studies to zoology

Our rich diversity of rigorous academic opportunities and experiences provide critical thinking and communication skills, cultivate intellect and creativity, and encourage empathy and working for the common good. All of these are key building blocks to a happy, successful career in our ever-changing, globally-minded workforce.

You'll find that when you engage yourself in these kinds of academic and cultural experiences, your life will be impacted in positive and memorable ways. And that begins here at CAS.

Mission Statement: The mission of the College of Arts and Science is to develop in our students the knowledge and skills for success in a dynamic, global society and to foster excellence in creativity and research. (adopted April 2012)

Best of Both Worlds Video Transcript

Liberal Arts: Diverse Paths to Rewarding Careers

Prominent platforms have lately been addressing the essential, employer-supported desire for more liberal arts graduates:

What's more:

Because employers are looking for job candidates who are broadly skilled and versatile, many majors and minors fit into more than one theme. Even a single major can lead to multiple career opportunities!

CAS majors, co-majors, and minors are organized into themed groups that highlight different fields of study and emphasize the strengths of our programs — like undergraduate research, study abroad, scholarships and awards, and career options.

Our theme areas are:

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Global and Cultural Studies
  • History, Philosophy, and Religion
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Literature and Writing
  • Mathematics and Physical Science
  • Media Studies and Communication
  • Medicine and Health
  • Psychology and Human Behavior
  • World Languages
  • University Studies (undeclared majors)

Small Classes and Student Success

Associate Professor Yu-Fang Cho interacts with a student in an English class.

CAS is proud to focus on our commitment to undergraduate education. For 9 years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Miami among the top 5 universities nationally for best undergraduate teaching:

  • Of Miami's undergraduate classes, 67% have fewer than 30 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1.
  • Faculty and student interaction in the classroom can lead to collaborative research. Among 2017-18 CAS graduates, 41.2% reported working with a faculty member on a research project, with opportunities both on campus and around the world. Many CAS students also present at major conferences and publish in scholarly journals.
  • 96.7% of 2016-2017 CAS graduates were employed or in graduate school by fall 2017.
  • CAS seniors applying to law school in 2017 have been accepted at a rate of 96% (compared to 85% national average), while those applying to medical school over the last four years have been accepted at a rate of 59.6% (41.9% national average).

Interdisciplinary Programs

Miami is expanding its areas of inquiry and course offerings to meet the needs of the 21st century. Our interdisciplinary programs in the CAS reflect our commitment to prepare students for active roles in the new global community. Some interdisciplinary programs include:

  • Our biological science programs in biology, microbiology, and premedical studies, all part of a renovated, collaborative teaching, training, and research hub in the updated and modernized Pearson Hall
  • The Humanities Center, fostering creative exchanges and collaborations among faculty, students, and outside experts
  • The Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine residency program, tackling urban problems and policies
  • Miami's Inside Workshops (Hollywood, Washington, New York, London, and more), a series of study-away programs dedicated to professionalizing the liberal arts
  • Scripps Gerontology Center, a resource for policy makers and service providers to make a difference in the lives of aging individuals.

International and Multicultural Opportunities

Backstage view of performers and crowd at Latin American and Caribbean Unidiversity Festival

Miami students are encouraged to participate in study abroad and study away programs. Nearly 2000 students do so annually each year, whether it's during the summer, the academic year, or Miami's recently established Winter Term. Undergraduates may earn Miami credit at the Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg, on one of the many faculty-led programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America (as well as a variety of locations in the United States), or through transfer credit programs, such as exchanges.

Some examples of these international and multicultural opportunities include:

  • Both the Global Studies Scholars and Social Justice Scholars, two groups within the University Academic Scholars Program which develop future leaders and global citizens who are committed to promoting cross-cultural exchanges and social justice in their personal and professional lives.
  • The Center for American and World Cultures, which plans multicultural events for the entire campus and offers for-credit interdisciplinary courses.
  • The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), Bridges Scholars, Students Together Empowering Minorities (STEM), and other on-campus organizations that focus on special career interests and backgrounds.
  • Literary London, Cuba in Transition, French Study in Dijon, and other study abroad programs available through Miami's Education Abroad.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships

Many scholarship, fellowship, and internship opportunities are available to Miami students. Our faculty help students prepare for competitive awards such as the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, Marshall, Gates Cambridge, Beinecke, and Udall Scholarships.