Meet the Dean
Dean Leonidas G. Bachas is a distinguished analytical and biological chemist. He is a passionate believer in the power of a liberal arts and sciences education and a tireless supporter of A&S students. Only a broad education emphasizing 21st century skills, he says, can produce the kind of creative and critical thinkers who can succeed in a global job market and help solve the world’s most challenging problems. In 2019, Dean Bachas was also named the Interim Director of the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering.
You will have the opportunity to meet Dean Bachas at special events throughout your college career.
The College of Arts & Sciences brings together talented students and a faculty of highly-regarded artistic professionals. Our creative writing program is home to a collection of award-winning writers who encourage students to write from multiple linguistics modalities. A&S students have had the opportunity to learn from working professionals such as world-renowned photojournalist Susan Meiselas, featured in the video below.
Departments & Programs
Through its courses dedicated to the study of languages, literatures, cultures, philosophy, and more, the College offers students an opportunity to engage in enriching dialogue with peers and professors, and deepen their understanding of the human experience. Students can go beyond the classroom by joining organizations, honor societies, or attending BookTalks and speaker series held by the Center for the Humanities.
As an A&S student you will engage with the physical world through the sciences and mathematics. You can participate in research guided by professors who are leaders in their field and involved in new discoveries. On select nights, you will be able to use the telescope in the Physics building for stargazing. Learn more about scientific opportunities at each of our departments.
Departments & Programs
At the College, we tackle big societal problems with a cross-disciplinary approach. You will find different routes to study the social life of human groups and individuals, including participating in engaging psychological research, meeting with political leaders, or traveling abroad to enrich your knowledge base.
In February 2018, we hosted a panel discussion on climate change and the Zika virus outbreak involving faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences. Featured here are Douglas O. Fuller, professor of Geography and Regional Studies, Joseph E. Uscinski, associate professor of Political Science, and Ben Kirtman, professor at the Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
At A&S, you will be able to apply your educational experiences to the real world through ASPIRE, the Arts and Sciences Program for Internship-Related Experiences. Previous ASPIRE students have interned with St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, fantasy sports app letsRUMBL, Global Ties Miami, the American Red Cross, the British Consulate, and within the criminal justice system. Learn more about ASPIRE and how you can begin making a difference in our global community as early as in your first year as a 'Cane: www.as.miami.edu/ASPIRE
A&S students who elect to pursue a 5-year Bachelors/Masters degree follow a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to complete a dual degree in five years. These programs provide exciting collaborative research and professional opportunities.
After speaking to a faculty advisor, if you are eligible, you may enroll in a BS/MS, BA/MA, or BA/MPA program as a junior. Then, during your senior year, you begin to take graduate-level courses, conduct independent research, and in the fifth year, write your graduate thesis. It is a unique opportunity to get ahead in the global marketplace.
Our interdisciplinary programs allow students to incorporate different fields of interests into their studies while furthering their professional growth and development. Expand your horizons with our programs below.
Da Vinci Program
The da Vinci Program encourages students to rethink the map of human knowledge. Inspired by the artist and scientific genius Leonardo da Vinci, the program aims to enhance the opportunities for incoming freshman and sophomore students to explore the interdisciplinary connections among the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Learn the journey of one UM undergraduate from his native Brazil to South Florida and to a campus where he faced choices: biology labs or economics problem sets? Policy analysis or soccer? Hear Mateus Lima, Class of 2017 and a student of the College of Arts & Sciences da Vinci Program, explain why his answer at every crossroads has been “yes.”
Language possibilities are endless through the Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) program. DILS is designed to give students the opportunity to study languages not currently offered through the UM curriculum. Students team up with a native speaker in the language of their choice and have the opportunity to present their new skills at the annual DILS International Multicultural Night.
Advanced Stem Learning
The College's Advanced Program for Integrated Science and Math (PRISM) is about seeing the world differently — challenging assumptions and digging deeper to understand the big picture. PRISM students don’t just memorize formulas. They explore how the scientific disciplines come together in medicines, treatments, and technologies with a real-world impact. PRISM provides a strong foundation in math and science with an emphasis on scientific research. Our PRISM students are passionate, driven people, making meaningful connections between disciplines, and uncovering new solutions along the way.
Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
Department of Theatre Arts students display their talents at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre with productions throughout the season. UM students can attend free with their Cane ID.
Lowe art Museum
A vital part of the University, the Lowe Art Museum is one of the region's most extraordinary cultural resources. The Lowe preserves historically significant art and artifacts as well as an array of exhibitions, including the annual student-curated exhibition ArtLab. Tours and education programs for UM students are always free.
Planted in 1947, the John C. Gifford Arboretum was assembled for the purposes of education and research. It is a place of peace and connection with nature as it hopes to inspire interest in tropical trees as well as a better understanding for the history and importance of the plant world. Students are encouraged to visit the collection! Guided tours are also available throughout the year. Learn more at www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum.
Mauro Galetti, the arboretum director and associate professor, is a conservation ecologist with more than a decade of experience researching the rainforests.