Welcome to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences is home to studies in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences

Our faculty teach you to think, to create, to communicate – skills vital to today’s employers and graduate and professional schools. Outside the classroom, opportunities abound for internships and one-on-one research with faculty.

As the largest college on campus, you can choose bachelor degrees and minors in one (or more!) of our seventeen departments. We offer five accelerated bachelor/master degrees, nine master’s degrees, and three Ph.D. degrees, as well as pre-medical and pre-law programs.


LAS embraces UCCS’s core value of Inclusive Diversity. That means that our work is based on mutual respect, engagement and learning for everyone including those from the full spectrum of backgrounds, social identities, abilities, cultures, perspectives and university roles. We cannot accomplish our mission of teaching and research for Colorado and the world without embracing inclusivity. Respect and consideration for only some does not advance an understanding of the human condition and the natural world.

This is only one of many reasons that LAS denounces the recent rise of harassment and violence towards Asian-Americans. As dean, I wish to express my deepest sympathy, not only to the victims in the Atlanta attack, but also to our students, staff and faculty of Asian descent whose deepest fears were confirmed by these horrific acts. The College of Letters, Arts & Sciences stands and mourns with you.

Recognizing that one cannot communicate too much, I repeat here this helpful list of resources shared by the Chancellor:

  • The Wellness Center is open with counseling and mental health options available for students.
  • The Lane Center is open with counseling and mental health services available for faculty and staff.
  • The MOSAIC Center can offer support, solidarity and community in this difficult time.
  • If you have experienced an incident of hate or intolerance, please report it immediately to our Office of Institutional Equity.
  • If you have experienced anything that has impacted your well-being, please contact our CARE Team through the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • If you ever feel unsafe, please contact UCCS Police at 911 in an emergency, or 719-255-3111 to contact dispatch.

Many thanks to these groups, and to all members of the Mountain Lion family who are working hard to support our staff, faculty and students as we face continued challenges. We must continue to work together to fight against hate and to support each other.

L. Lynn Vidler Dean, LAS

Vidler UCCS

Dear LAS Community,

The “spring” term always begins in winter--a period of long nights, cold and darkness. This year, the beginning of the semester also coincides with a dangerous spike in the COVID-19 pandemic as well as political unrest. Many of you have expressed some distraction and anxiety by these events. I feel it as well. Nevertheless, I am also encouraged and optimistic about the future.

Vaccines are currently being distributed across the state. The campus is doing its part to limit the transmission of the virus by beginning the semester remotely. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I believe in the values of our democracy and our Constitution. As John Lewis wrote in a posthumous essay,

“When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.”

LAS’s work to advance an understanding of the human condition and the natural world and to communicate this understanding to the people of Colorado and the world at large is an effort at building towards this Beloved Community.

President Norlin, in his 1935 charge to CU graduates, describes the university as an infinite endeavor. We join its family and shine its light towards others. That light, as Norlin reminds us, comes from the lamp in the hands of youth, a symbol on the CU seal, and bears the light of truth and knowledge to the people of the state of Colorado. As current stewards of the university, then, it is our responsibility to meet our students where they are on the first day of class and shepherd them through the pursuit of knowledge for another term.

By the end of the semester, the days will be longer and warmer. More people will have been vaccinated, and perhaps we will be able to more safely celebrate together in person. Until then, I wish you an engaging and meaningful spring term.

L. Lynn Vidler, Ph.D. (they/them/theirs)
Professor and Dean, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
University of Colorado Colorado Springs


LAS in the News

A Day in the Life of a Dean (July 14)

Dean Vidler just moved to Colorado from South Dakota! They were able to begin moving into their home, setting up their office, and getting acquainted with the other staff and faculty members of the college!

Te veo. Te escucho. Me importas. (July 10)

¡Hola a todos! ¡Bienvenidos a nuestro canal!
In the second piece of our ongoing introduction to our new Dean, hear Dean Vidler as they speak to the LAS community about the importance of strengthening our contributions to diversity, equality, and inclusion in our community.

LAS Welcomes New Dean (July 3)

Please join us in welcoming UCCS’ College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences’ new Dean: Dr. Lynn Vidler! Dean Vidler just moved to Colorado a few weeks ago, but they have been doing some amazing things at their previous schools! We can’t wait to see what they bring to ours and how they get involved in our community!

Hello From Dean Vidler (June 30)

A hello message from the new Dean of the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

The Chronicle of Higher Education : Coping With Coronavirus. How faculty members can support students in traumatic times

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Core Values

Communication skills, Analytical abilities, & Creative thinking capabilities

Why LAS is Unique

  1. Our Mission is YOUR success
  2. We offer Peak Learning Experiences, practical experiences including internships and research with faculty.
  3. You’ll join a great group of people, more than half of UCCS students are enrolled in LAS.
  4. By taking courses in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, you will gain breadth of knowledge across many disciplines.
  5. Our distinguished faculty will teach you to think, create, and communicate, skills highly desired by employers and graduate schools and transferable to many different careers.

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