UNK College of Arts and Sciences

Achieving a Brighter Tomorrow. Like Only Nebraska Can.

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to provide high-quality personalized instruction using game-changing technology that prepares students to be critical thinkers, problem-solvers and visionaries. Students will achieve a brighter tomorrow through life-altering learning experiences grounded in a foundation of liberal arts, humanities and natural and social sciences.

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Relentless Focus on Student Access and Success

Scholarships are the highest priority for the College of Arts and Sciences. Support will allow the college to recruit, retain and graduate its students. The modernization of facilities will allow UNK to keep pace with other universities. Donor support will provide students with opportunities and accessibility to facilities that match the college’s goals. 

Enhancing Faculty and Academic Excellence

Endowed professorships are critical to the support, curriculum and prestige of the college’s growing departments such as biology, chemistry, health sciences, social work and psychology. Funding priorities include creating a named directorship for the Health Sciences Program and endowed faculty positions in biology and chemistry supporting the health sciences and other STEM programs.

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CAS endeavors to reshape Nebraska’s future through social, academic and economic progress by transforming the leaders of tomorrow, engaging populations and creating a technologically advanced community on a campus that feels like home. UNK is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the preparation, continuing education and practice for several occupations.


“The College of Arts and Sciences represents Nebraska at its absolute best. We offer a strong foundation in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences. Our programs prioritize hands-on experiential learning opportunities that help develop the crucial critical thinking and problem-solving skills that employers desire in nearly any career field. Our graduates benefit our communities, state and region as educators, as professionals in rural health care, criminal justice, social work, psychology and political science, as creative musicians and artists and as researchers transforming tomorrow through scientific innovations, producing lifesaving cures and ensuring just governmental systems.”

– Paul Twigg, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Endowed Faculty Support

Increased funding for endowed chairs and professorships and faculty recruitment and retention will elevate the excellence of our university and the college. Faculty members play a critical role in the success of UNK’s students.


Providing accessible student experiences and helping achieve unmet student financial needs are significant priorities. Merit-based and need-based scholarships and housing assistance are key to recruiting and retaining top students across campus. Student support will not only help level the playing field, but also move Nebraska ahead of its peers.

Facility Upgrades and Modernization

We must ensure the environment at UNK successfully reflects the innovation, development and cutting-edge facilities expected at institutions of higher education. We also must meet the expectations that students have for their education, with improvements to the Fine Arts Building being an important priority. Whether it be state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, collaborative learning spaces or imaginative performance venues, essential infrastructure upgrades are needed to bring the college in line with its peer colleges across the region and country.

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It takes a lot to build a future, so let’s start the conversation now.