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.

Welcome Dean Vidler

A Message From Rex Welshon

As my term as interim Dean comes to its conclusion, I'd like to telly ou that it's been and honor to serve you. I've been witness to the dedication of our amazing students, faculty, staff, and alumni this year and last, and I now more fully appreciate everyone's commitment to the College's vision of cultivating essential skills, knowleged and successful futures. This year hasn't been easy for anyone, but the College has met these difficulties with grit and resilience, and we've moved forward even during a time of upheaval and uncertainty.

I'd like to introduce you to the new Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Dr. Lynn Vidler. Dean Vidler brings extraordinary experience and leadership to this role and we are confident that they will continue a tradition of success for the College. For more information Dean Vidler's background and leadership experience, please see the Communique article about them by clicking here. Please join me in welcoming Dean Vidler to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and to the Colorado Springs community.

Thank you again for your support of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.

Rex Welshon

A Message From Dean Vidler

I would like to extend my gratitude to Interim Dean Rex Welshon for his dedicated service on behalf of the College.  Dr. Welshon provided much-needed leadership both before and throughout the pandemic. The faculty, staff, students and I are deeply grateful that you stepped up in service to the College as you have done for so many years.  Thank you, Rex, for your support through this transition. 

My vision as dean is to inspire and develop everyone connected to LAS--students, alumni, faculty and staff--and to strengthen those organizations and systems that inspire and develop Coloradans throughout their lives. No one can do this alone.  Please reach out to me with your ideas, suggestions and concerns.  What do you think LAS does well?  What would you improve about the College?  I invite you to attend my first virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, August 5th at 2:30pm.  A link to register and to submit comments or questions can be found below.

Thank you for your dedication to UCCS and to LAS. I look forward to working with all of you to strengthen and grow the College and to serve the students, the state of Colorado and the world.

L. Lynn Vidler, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean

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Join Dean Vidler for


Virtual LAS Town Hall

August 5, 2020
2:30 pm

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Welcome & Introduction
Chancellor Venkat Reddy

Dean's Address
Dean Lynn Vidler

Question and Answer Session
Provost Tom Christensen, Moderator

Registration for this Live YouTube Event is REQUIRED.


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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.