College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Dean's Message

Dean Peter Braza

Welcome to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Whether you are joining us as an undergraduate or graduate student, you will find that we are more than a traditional liberal arts and sciences college. First, you have access to extraordinary faculty. We have philosophy professors whose syllogistic arguments will make your head spin, art professors who will awaken your creative potential, math professors whose limits extend well beyond calculus, psychology professors who know your every motivation, and literature professors who have plumbed the depths of the human condition. Yet, we are much more. Foremost, we are focused on our students becoming successful in their academic, professional, and personal lives. How do we do that? Through our:

Focus on teaching --- We instill attributes employers consistently want!

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n  Effective communication skills   n  Strong analytical reasoning  n  Creative thinking

Focus on experiential learning --- Gain practical knowledge through real-world activities!

n  Internships: They bolster resumes and make you more employable
n  Service-learning courses: Connect classroom concepts to service experiences
n  Research opportunities with faculty: The best way to learn

We call these Peak Learning Experiences – Find out more and explore!

Peter A. Braza, Dean

LAS Events

Reasons to Join Our College

Our mission is YOUR success.

We offer Peak Learning Experiences, practical experiences including internships and research with faculty.

You’ll join a great group of people, more than half of UCCS students are enrolled in LAS.

By taking courses in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, you will gain breadth of knowledge across many disciplines.

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.

LAS Highlights

“The Bluffs,” a UCCS student-produced science-fiction themed drama, recently won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Heartland Chapter. | MORE
Imagine If Conservatives in Academia Could Safely 'Come Out' | MORE
Professor Aditi Mitra has attended many conferences to talk about her research and expertise in human and sex trafficking. But the one she is attending this week is on a larger scale - it includes millions of people from across the globe. | MORE
To provide scholarship support at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in memory of Dr. Michael Hackman. Mike Hackman's legacy of leadership inspired decades of students to reach higher. | MORE
Memorial services for Michael Hackman, professor, Department of Communication, director of the UCCS Honors Program and adviser for Leadership Studies, are scheduled for noon March 6 at Berger Hall. | MORE
With only three days’ notice, Roger L. Martinez-Davila, assistant professor, Department of History, invited 6,000 current and 10,000 former CU massive open online course (MOOC) students to a Feb. 1 Madrid lecture at Spain’s preeminent | MORE
The Department of Philosophy, in cooperation with Pikes Peak Library District, will continue a community outreach series, “Philosophy at the Library” this spring. | MORE
Sandy Wurtele, professor, Department of Psychology, was recently recognized for her contributions to “Implementing child maltreatment prevention programmes: what the experts say,” a handbook published by the Centre for Public Health and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England. | MORE
David Havlick, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies Department, recently edited “Restoring Layered Landscapes: History, Ecology and Culture.” | MORE
UCCS physics professor recognized with 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award | MORE
WEB 2.0: How social media applications leverage nonprofit responses during a wildfire crisis. | MORE
Mike Kisley, professor and chair, Department of Psychology, prefers to think of student retention as connecting a student with his or her faculty and course of study. | MORE