A Community of Discovery

The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is the largest college in the University of Alaska system, serving over 8,500 students each semester.  With 37 different degree programs, as well as master’s and Ph.D. programs, we take pride in the quality of our instruction and reputation as a learning community.

CAS is a growing center of research, scholarship and creativity, and with grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and other funding agencies, has managed to double its research funding approximately every seven years.

The College of Arts and Sciences at UAA offers:

• Degree programs to prepare professionals to fill high demand jobs in Alaska in biology, chemistry, geology, anthropology, psychology, journalism and mass media.

• Critical courses in science and mathematics for students preparing for careers in other high-demand areas such as engineering, nursing and other health occupations.

• A thriving low-residency program in creative writing, designed with little need for time on campus and offering intensive workshops during the summer.

• The Confucius Institute at UAA, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The institute promotes Chinese language and culture with outreach to businesses and schools in the community.

• The UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater, offering a cutting-edge, full-dome experience with an all-digital definiti projector system made by Sky-Skan, Inc. 

CAS is proud of its partnerships with agencies and institutions throughout the state, including the Anchorage School District, National Park Service, USGS, U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Native corporations, Providence Hospital, Centers for Disease Control, National Writing Project, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many others.

The college serves as an important center for the arts in Anchorage, and the state. There are many exciting opportunities to see what is happening in UAA’s arts community:

• Come to the Mainstage to see exciting traditional and experimental theatre.

• Experience one or all of the dynamic performances by our Dance Program.

• Tap your toes at our array of musical performances by students, faculty and visiting artists.

• Listen to readings by writers and poets from around the state and across the country during the summer writing program residency.

Yet the greatest measure of our success is in the success of our students. CAS students win highly competitive scholarships and attain national distinction as Fulbright and Truman scholars.  The college is also home to the world-renowned Seawolf Debate Team!

Further proof of our success lies in the accomplishments of our alumni. An education in the sciences, mathematics, humanities or the fine arts is a gateway to many careers. Our alumni include doctors and other health professionals; lawyers, politicians, government and business leaders; authors, playwrights, artists, poets, actors and musicians; journalists, editors, media specialists and filmmakers; teachers, scientists, scholars, translators, anthropologists and researchers; counselors, psychiatrists and social workers – all highly skilled in their related fields.

To learn more about the world of opportunities at the College of Arts and Sciences, please contact us!