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 Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni,

Although I have only been on the job for one month, I am impressed to see how the LAS team has pulled together to ensure that we continue, even during a global pandemic, to offer the best education possible for the people of Colorado. As we prepare for the fall semester, faculty are applying the lessons learned from the spring to improve course delivery. Staff continue to demonstrate their productivity and skill while working remotely. Students impress with their resilience, persistence and determination, and alumni have generously given to the LAS student emergency fund. Since the fall semester is quickly approaching, I wanted to update you on the ways in which LAS is preparing for our return.

As Chancellor Reddy has said many times, your safety is our top priority. Therefore, each department and program in LAS has developed a Return to Work plan. These plans reconsider physical spaces, personnel staffing and other procedures in order best serve our students and faculty while mitigating the risk of infection. At times, you may find an office door closed when personnel are working remotely. However, no worries! Posted signage will let you know how to get the help you need. If you have persistent problems resolving an issue, you may contact my office at lasdean@uccs.edu.

Remember, that we are concerned with the health and safety, not only of students, but also of faculty and staff. To promote everyone’s health, some classes may be delivered in a variety of formats, from face-to-face, to hybrid, to remote. Face coverings will be required across campus, including in LAS offices and classes. The better we do with this, the safer we will be and the sooner we will be able to resume normal operations. Thanks for your cooperation on this effort.

Even with all of the changes for the fall, we want you to succeed! Don’t hesitate to contact your professors, advisors or supervisors when you need help.

Wishing you an engaging and productive semester.

L. Lynn Vidler, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


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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