College Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of the College of Arts & Sciences is to prepare all students for lifelong learning, productive and rewarding work, self-governance, and responsible democratic citizenship.

 The College of Arts & Sciences houses and supports undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. We are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our academic programs provide learning experiences that encourage free and rigorous pursuit of knowledge, intellectual curiosity, respect for differing points of view and cultures, appreciation of personal expression, and awareness of the role of an educated citizen in a democratic society. The College develops students who think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and participate actively in their communities. We prepare well-educated, thoughtful, and contributing citizens of the world.

The programs within the College of Arts and Sciences enhance the university experience by providing opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to engage in basic and applied research projects. Our members engage in the creation of new knowledge and provide opportunities for participating in communities of research critical to the education mission of CAS.

In service to our mission, the CAS pursues three interrelated goals.

First, the College of Arts & Sciences provides UMass Dartmouth students with a liberal arts education through:

  • Developing the means to test ideas, beliefs, and facts, to understand and appreciate context and interdependence, and to participate fully in the reasoned public discourse upon which a democratic society depends;
  • Experiencing a variety of academic disciplines, epistemologies, and research methods that provide students with opportunities to learn about and reflect on what we, as human beings, know about ourselves and our living environments;
  • Learning to analyze and discuss complex issues and to experience the excitement of intellectual discovery, thus preparing students for productive work in an increasingly complex global world;
  • Empowering students to learn throughout their lives, and in every aspect of their lives—as citizens, neighbors, workers, caregivers, and moral beings.
  • Offering courses and curricula that engage students in adding to human knowledge through basic and applied research.

Second, the College uses its intellectual resources to collaborate with community groups and government, educational, and business organizations in the region and beyond, to connect education, work, and service through:

  • Internships, research experiences, and experiential learning that offer students opportunities to put their knowledge and intellectual skills to work in service to the community and their own professional goals.

Third, the college is committed to transformative and innovative research that impacts knowledge in and across the disciplines, society, the natural world, educational systems or the economy, regionally, nationally and globally through:

  • Engaging in research that extends the frontiers of knowledge within and across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities;
  • Investigating critical issues in culture, nature, and social systems through collaborative partnerships led by innovation research centers;
  • Providing authentic learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students through research programs, internships, and service learning in order to prepare them for diverse and competitive professional careers.
  • Communicating scholarly insights to the broader public and contributing expertise to debates on current concerns.