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UMSL Dean of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts & Sciences Profile

UMSL’s College of Arts & Sciences creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 3,700 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 25 fields of study, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.



  • 4,474 current students
  • 48 percent of undergraduates are enrolled in CAS
  • 38,773 alumni
  • 165 tenured/tenure-track faculty members
  • 107 non0tenure track (teaching/research/clinical) faculty members
  • 162 staff members



  • Anthropology (BA)
  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology (BS, MS)
  • Biology (BA, BS, MS, PhD)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry (BA, BS, MS, PhD)
  • Communication (BA)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (BS, MA, PhD)
  • Economics (BA, BS, MA)
  • English (BA, MA, MFA)
  • Gender Studies (Certificate)
  • Gerontology (MS)
  • Media Studies (BS)
  • Modern Languages (BA with concentrations in French, Japanese, Spanish and Dual Language Professional)
  • History (BA, MA)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS)
  • Liberal Studies (BLS)
  • Mathematics and Computer Science (BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD)
  • Music (BA, BM)
  • Philosophy (BA, MA)
  • Physics and Astronomy (BA, BS, MA, PhD)
  • Political Science (BA, BSPA, MA, PhD)
  • Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
  • Psychology (BA, BS, MA, PhD)
  • Sociology (BA, BS)
  • Studio Art (BFA)
  • Theatre Arts (BA)



  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
  • Center for Ethics in Public Life
  • Center for Excellence in Financial Counseling
  • Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity
  • Center for the Humanities
  • Center for Nanoscience
  • Center for Neurodynamics
  • Children's Advocacy Center
  • Economics Resource Center
  • Math Academic Center
  • Math Technology Learning Center
  • Missouri Institute for Mental Health
  • Public Policy Research Center
  • Richard D. Schwatz Observatory
  • UMSL Planetarium
  • Veterans Center
  • Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center
  • Writing Center



  • Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice maintained its No. 4 national ranking in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Guide Book
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Guide Book also ranks five additional College of Arts & Sciences programs among the best, including public policy administration, clinical psychology, psychology, biology and chemistry and biochemistry
  • Undergraduate psychology program ranks in the top 15 nationally, and the doctoral programs and faculty are ranked among the top 50 programs nationwide

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