About the College

As the centerpiece of Miami’s liberal arts curriculum, the College of Arts and Science (CAS) is where over 75% of all Miami students complete their liberal arts requirements and electives. The CAS offers a broad and diverse spectrum of more than 60 majors, as well as numerous co-majors and minors, from American Studies to Zoology.

For the many students who come to Miami without choosing a major, the CAS is their initial "home," allowing them to take courses and explore majors across the CAS and beyond. CAS advisors help all new students choose courses that meet degree requirements and introduce potential majors.

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)

Miami's Home for the Liberal Arts

Students and faculty in the CAS study, teach, and conduct research in:

  • biological and life sciences
  • global and cultural studies
  • history, philosophy, and religion
  • law and public policy
  • literature and writing
  • mathematics and physical sciences
  • media studies and communication
  • medicine and health
  • psychology and human behavior
  • world languages
  • interdisciplinary programs

We provide a liberal arts education that prepares students with the intellectual framework, critical thinking, communication, and creative problem-solving skills needed for success in professional programs, graduate school, and careers in business and industry, government, education, and service organizations.

In fact, a report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities finds that 93% of employers agree that these so-called "soft skills" are more attractive than skills specific to a job candidate's undergraduate major.

On top of that, at peak earning ages graduates of liberal arts disciplines annually earn more (at times significantly) than their peers with professional or pre-professional degrees. And according to Payscale rankings, Miami humanities graduates ranked #2 in the U.S. (2014) and #1 in Ohio (2018) for return on investment.

Small Classes and Student Success

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The CAS is Miami's largest division, and as such we are proud to focus on our commitment to undergraduate education. For 8 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. CAS undergraduates frequently participate in research projects around the world, attend major conferences, and publish in scholarly journals.
  • 93.7% of 2014-2015 CAS graduates were employed or in graduate school by fall 2015.
  • CAS seniors applying to law school in 2016-2017 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 57.8% (40.4% 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

enlarged photo of Latin American festival performersMiami 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.
  • Literary London, Cuba in Transition, French Study in Dijon, and other study abroad programs available through Miami's Study Abroad and Away.

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.