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College of Arts and Sciences

As the oldest and largest unit on campus, the College of Arts and Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. More than 75 percent of students will graduate with at least one major from the College.

A student raises her hand in class.

Think. Communicate. Collaborate.
Create. …for meaningful lives.

“To think, communicate, collaborate and create” is not only what we strive to teach students, it’s the environment we seek to provide for faculty and staff so that they may do their best work.

Think” refers to analytical and creative thinking, to reflecting, to connecting ideas. “Communicate” encapsulates written, oral, visual and digital fluencies. “Collaborate” recognizes that most research and learning experiences require the ability to work cooperatively toward a shared goal. “Create” means producing knowledge as well as inventing techniques or materials; it embraces performance, composition and art.

…For meaningful lives” refers to the empowering effects of education and self-knowledge. It recognizes that a broad and deep liberal arts education provides perspective, context and understanding. It recognizes that today’s students will likely have multiple careers — and our job is to provide the foundation that permits them to adapt, to excel, to explore the unexpected path.

Facts & Figures

  • 1,005faculty
  • 12graduate programs ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report
  • 17,000+undergraduate students and 2,000+ graduate students
  • 43academic departments and curricula, 114 undergraduate programs of study
  • 81%of all Carolina students graduate with at least one major in the College
  • 76buildings and facilities
  • 85%of all undergraduate hours at Carolina are taught by College faculty
  • $135 millionin research funding
  • Home toHonors Carolina, Chancellor’s Science Scholars, PlayMakers Rep, three ROTC programs, Study Abroad

Around Campus

  • North Carolina flag flying over South Building.

    A message from the chancellor: More than one path to success

    "As a public university, our obligation is bigger than just our own graduates. Not everyone can study at a place like this, and there can’t be just one promising pathway to success. We are focused on building those pathways not just for our students, but for people across our state."

  • People standing in a research lab.

    Bioelectronics meets medicine

    Assistant professor Wubin Bai and his team have developed a novel, bioelectronic technology that will improve patients’ lives, helping to safely automate and lower the burden of post-recovery care.

  • South Building

    A message from campus leadership: Protecting safety on campus and in the community

    "Carolina has a history of navigating tough issues and, together, we will continue making progress to enhance community safety and improve lives across our community. We take a lot of pride in being one of the best college towns in the nation, and we will do everything possible to maintain that recognition."