Vision & Mission

Dean Bachas at the graduation Dean Bachas at the graduation

Founded in 1926, the College of Arts & Sciences is the oldest college at the University of Miami. Today, we are the largest academic unit at UM.  A&S is a community of engaged scholars who inspire independent thought and self-knowledge through research, critical inquiry, and creative expression.  Building on the strength of the disciplines, faculty and students reach beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries to address the intellectual, civic, technological, and cultural challenges of a complex and interconnected world. 

Our Vision 

Our vision is to be recognized as a globally preeminent college, a hub of liberal education, and a leader in groundbreaking research.  We aim to be known for our innovative teaching, the strength of our disciplines, and interdisciplinary inquiry into current and future problems facing humanity.

Our Mission

The College is a community that encourages the quest for a deeper understanding of the human experience and fosters a personal commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and the enduring values of the liberal arts.  Our faculty, staff, and students work together in the laboratory, the archives, the studio, and the field to discover new knowledge. 

The College seeks to create an intellectual environment that enhances individual growth and supports scholarly activities and creative endeavors that augment human knowledge and understanding.  Students who pursue an education in the College develop analytical and critical skills, creative abilities, and a sense of social and civic responsibility needed in an increasingly globalized world. 

The College acts as a gateway for students to experience the technological and global world.  Faculty members strive to provide all students with a rigorous grounding in their chosen field, together with an understanding of the need to approach problems both within the boundaries of a single discipline and in a broader setting.