About the College

The Mission of the College of Arts & Sciences is...

  • to provide learning opportunities of the highest quality to our students, both undergraduate and graduate, to develop their capabilities as critical and reflective thinkers, and to offer each occasions for transformative learning;
  • to promote faculty engagement in pursuit and production of disciplinarily significant and high quality scholarship -- discovered and applied, global and local;
  • to offer undergraduate and graduate programs that contribute to the successful achievement of our students' ambitions, are responsive to and engaged with the communities of which the university is a part, and continue the tradition of an excellent liberal arts education; and
  • to dedicate the college's full range of resources to these goals.

The Vision of the College of Arts & Sciences is to provide each student opportunities for transformative learning experiences.

Profile

The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest of the five colleges that make up the University of North Florida, whether size is measured by credit delivery, majors, or numbers of faculty. Because it provides instruction in the liberal arts, the intellectual basis upon which rest the applied curricula of the four other professionally-oriented colleges, it also constitutes the core of the university.

 

Instructional responsibilities for the college’s almost 300 faculty members extend from the lower level general education program, through diverse majors for undergraduates, to a growing number of graduate programs. The college consists of fifteen academic departments, and also houses a variety of centers, including a newly established Center for Environmental Studies, as well as pre-law and pre-medical programs.

 

The University of North Florida is a regional comprehensive state university of more than 16,000 students (about 23% are members of under represented populations; about 11% of the total number are graduate students). Our in-state tuition is one of the lowest in the nation, and our student faculty ratio is 22:1, making class sizes very conducive to individualized attention. The faculty of the university are committed to the "teacher-scholar" model; our teaching load is typically 3:3, and each member of the faculty is actively engaged in pursuit of a scholarly agenda.

 

The UNF campus is sited on 1381 acres, with a large portion of that acreage set aside as a natural preserve in which may be found miles of the Robert W. Loftin nature trail system. We are surrounded by thousands of acres of "greenway," with the Atlantic Ocean to our east, huge estuarine areas to our north, and a National Heritage River - the St. Johns - running through the heart of the city. The greater Jacksonville area has approximately 1.1 million citizens; we are a growing metropolis, within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando.

Commitment to Diversity

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to diversity of every sort -- racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual-orientation, age, disability, disciplinary approach, and so forth -- in both its faculty and student bodies. We are active partners with UNF's Commission on Diversity in seeking to meet goals to enhance our university profile. We believe that in the 21st century world, there can be no excellence in education without exposure to and appreciation of difference.