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Dean’s Welcome

I am very pleased to welcome you to the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The College, commonly known as CAS, offers classes to every undergraduate at the University as part of its general education curriculum as well specialized courses in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. From the study of the atom and the simplest forms of life to the most complex issues affecting the economy and politics of our society, CAS offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees ranging from the specialized to the interdisciplinary.

All this is possible through nearly 30 departments and programs in the College that deliver the curriculum through about 350 faculty members teaching approximately 8,000 students every year. Over 850 students each year earn their degree through the College, but numbers alone do not tell the whole story.

What makes CAS special is the academic preparation of its faculty. They are dedicated to best serve our students, and are committed to teach within a framework of high academic standards to make sure that we respond to the immediate and future needs of society. This is accomplished by transmitting knowledge, developing their critical thinking abilities and providing them with the skills to make them productive members of our changing and diverse society. Our focus is reflected in our statement of the Desired Characteristics and Capabilities of Graduates.

Please take a moment to explore further the exciting opportunities available to you and to view the remarkable accomplishments of those who make their academic homes in this College. Many of our more recent achievements can be discovered through the News and Notes links. Click on the list of academic degrees and programs to view our specific offerings or visit the websites of each academic department.

Contact us by e-mail or call us at (618) 650-5044. If you are interested in joining us as an entering student, either as a freshman or a transfer student, the SIUE admissions office can be reached at 1-800-447-SIUE.


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