Synergy unleashed

The College of
Arts & Sciences

As the oldest and largest unit on campus, the College of Arts & Sciences forms the academic core of the Carolina experience. More than 75 percent of Carolina students will graduate with at least one major from the College. Dedicated to building an environment for faculty and staff to think, communicate, collaborate and create, the College inspires thousands of students to lead meaningful lives.

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As Carolina celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, we’ll spotlight the ways the University is preparing our students to thrive in a dynamic society and how it is opening the doors for great minds to make transformative discoveries. Throughout the year, we’ll profile academic units, hear from deans and learn about programs that set Carolina apart from other universities.

225 Years.

‘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.

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, dean

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*Editor’s note: This originally published in October 2017. In February, Guskiewicz was named interim chancellor at Carolina. Terri Rhodes is now the interim dean of the College.

Kevin Guskiewicz

By the numbers

College of Arts & Sciences

  • 44academic departments and curricula, 101 academic programs
  • 93undergraduate majors
  • 16,679undergraduate students and 2,388 graduate students
  • 10graduate programs ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report
  • 77%of college students participate in a research-intensive course
  • 69%of students enroll in a first-year seminar
  • 36%of undergraduates study abroad
  • $113 millionin research funding
  • Home toHonors Carolina, PlayMakers Rep, three ROTC programs, six Title VI National Resource Centers

Reimagining the Arts & Sciences

  • Science, spirituality and synergy in Nepal

    In a three-week journey from Chapel Hill to the Himalayas to study the effects of climate change on Buddhist holy lakes, two mathematicians, a marine scientist and a religious studies scholar overcame multiple challenges and proved the value of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Saving lives through stories

    The Southern Oral History Program launched a major research initiative to collect oral histories in rural North Carolina communities to inform health care research, practice and policy.

  • Sharing the beauty of music

    World-class instructors in the College of Arts & Sciences’ music department started the UNC Community Music School to serve students of all ages and offer group and individual classes in piano, voice, guitar, composition and early childhood music.

  • Two centuries of chemistry

    A key secret to achieving an international reputation has been to invest in generations of promising young scientists and to provide them with the tools they need to thrive. Today, young scholars continue to work alongside foundational members of the department.