College of Arts & Sciences

Arts & Sciences_opportunityHow does your gift create a world of opportunity?

The rapid pace of change in our world today is placing renewed attention and emphasis on the liberal arts. At the College of Arts and Sciences, through their studies, students hone their skills to think critically, to evaluate and communicate effectively and to work productively with those of different cultures and viewpoints. Graduates of the College are knowledgeable, articulate and discerning through an education that  serves them for a lifetime.

At UNF, undergraduates get to know their professors, not just in the classroom, but by working side-by-side with them on research and scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences faculty serve as students’ mentors and pathfinders, inspiring them to explore new creative and academic avenues and deepening their understanding of their chosen disciplines.

Scholarships: $500,000

Merit- and need-based scholarships are needed to reward and to attain the best students, to ease the growing financial burden of pursuing a college education and to facilitate opportunities for students to study abroad.

Graduate Fellowships: $500,000 

Fellowships are needed to help recruit outstanding graduate students for the College’s growing master’s degree programs, including those in Biology,  Criminology, English, History, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy and Ethics, Public Administration and Psychology.

Faculty Chairs and Professorships: $2.4 million

Asrts & Sciences_StudentsEndowed chairs and professorships ensure the College of Arts and Sciences’ ability to hire and retain the best faculty possible by providing funds to recruit nationally recognized leaders in an academic field and individuals who show great promise for continued development as a teachers and scholars.

Academic Enhancements: $3.5 million

College of Arts and Sciences includes the Environmental Center, the Coastal Biology flagship program and the Center for Community Initiatives. These institutes and centers seek endowed funds to enhance their work at UNF and in the community by supporting programs, research projects, courses and workshops.

Both endowed and annual support for the Dean’s Fund help with needs in areas such as general education, freshman seminars, technology and faculty travel to national and international conferences. 

In order to ensure Arts and Sciences students mature into informed and engaged citizens, funds are needed to endow Transformational Learning Opportunities like study abroad, mentoring and service experiences, performance opportunities and undergraduate research assistantships, which enable students to work one-on-one with faculty on their research and scholarship. 

Facilities and Equipment: $5.1 million

UNF has a strong Department of Art and Design as well as a Fine Arts Center, yet lacks an adequate on campus art gallery. This new facility will enable students and the Northeast Florida community to enjoy exhibits and provide teaching, studio and lecture space for artists to hold community talks.

Arts & Sciences_ChemistryNew musical instruments, broadcasting electronics, and science research equipment will strengthen these programs significantly by helping them to recruit both star students and faculty.

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
-W. B. Yeats

The University of North Florida educates approximately 14,000 undergraduates a year. All of these students begin their UNF experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. There they are provided the framework and context through which all of their future UNF learning will be assessed and have meaning.

Through its 15 departments, the College of Arts and Sciences equips all UNF undergraduates with a broad knowledge base and comprehensive world view, teaching them to think critically and to communicate effectively.

As students progress through their undergraduate and graduate studies at UNF, their College of Arts and Sciences experience moves well beyond the classroom, into the greater Northeast Florida region and the world. Through internships, volunteering, research and study abroad, students are transformed into informed and engaged citizens, able to navigate our global society of different perspectives, approaches and experiences.

How is this accomplished?
Below are just a few of the ways. Imagine...

  • Studying under Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu
  • Presenting a study on suicide terrorism to senators in Washington, D.C.
  • Coauthoring a research project that led to an American Museum of Natural History research grant and an upcoming book
  • Spending a semester studying in Cambridge, Florence, Peru, Spain, Budapest or Morocco
  • Performing as part of the UNF Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall
  • Presenting revolutionary research on the origins of life to the American Chemical Society
  • Mentoring at-risk Jacksonville high school students so that they too may go on to fulfill their college aspirations
  • Being accepted to law or medical schools at Duke, Georgetown, the Mayo Clinic, Wake Forest and Yale

Through these opportunities and more, the College of Arts and Sciences helps its graduates find their place in the world, their passion and their professional goals.

Arts & Sciences_BandBecause of one professor, I decided not to skip college. No school in the region had a program in Japanese translation, but Dr. Zeiser took the time to show me how a broader background in international culture could complement my Japanese language skills and increase my career opportunities. I’m a better person because I’m not just a number at UNF.”

-Charlotte Bragdon,
International Studies Major

College of Arts and Sciences departments:  

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • World Languages