Dean's Message

Dr. Peter Braza

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 – and home to more than half of the students at UCCS.

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. Our newest offering is an exercise science major, a joint effort with health sciences.

As part of our college, you will head out into the world with a breadth of knowledge across many disciplines, effective communication skills, strong analytical abilities, and enhanced creative thinking capabilities. Come join us!

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

To the LAS Community:

I am pleased to announce that Lily Cosgrave is our college’s new Faculty Program Planning Specialist. (She held the interim position for the past eleven months) In this position, her responsibilities include monitoring faculty course loads, analyzing course capacity and course scheduling, maintaining our course catalog, assisting with our online initiative, and she is a member of our Curriculum and Requirements Committee. Lily is one of our alums – she received a bachelor of arts degree in Economics in 2017. Please feel free to congratulate and welcome Lily! Peter

CSURF 2019: Saturday, April 6, 2019 at UCCS

Be sure and plan ahead for the 2019 Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF). Undergraduates from Colorado College, United States Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak Community College, and UCCS present their individual and group research/creative works at the 16th Annual CSURF.  This FREE event will be hosted by UCCS on April 6, 2019.  Go  Read More

Harner & Cutter Reception

Save the Date
Reception Honoring Dr. John Harner, Thomas Jefferson Award, and Dr. Mary Ann Cutter, President's Teaching Scholar, August 28, 2018, 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
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Las Awards 2018
2018 LAS Awards
The College of letters, Arts & Sciences 2018 Awards Ceremony was held on May 2, 2018, celebrating our outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff.  Be sure and check out the bios and photos of all of our awardees in our 2018 LAS Awards Program.
View Faculty and Staff Award Recipients 2018 LAS Awards Program

Dr. John Harner and Bruce Benson
Harner receives CU Thomas Jefferson Award
John Harner, a champion for a strong public education system that incorporates a broad interest in literature, arts and sciences, earned recognition for his service and leadership as the faculty recipient of the 2018 University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award. Read More

Dual Degree
UCCS creates new dual graduate program in public administration, sociology
A new innovative dual graduate degree program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs between the School of Public Affairs and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, will prepare students for a variety of positions in policy analysis and for management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Read More

After homelessness, degree provides path to new life
Commencement profile: After homelessness, degree provides path to new life

Oksana Bihun
Faculty profile: Mathematics sharpens the world for Oksana Bihun
Math is more than numbers and equations for Oksana Bihun. It helps her connect with what’s around her, sights and sounds she might not otherwise notice.
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Napierkowski to lead faculty relations

Mary ann Cutter
Cutter named CU President’s Teaching Scholar

Viewbook 2017-2018
2017-2018 LAS Viewbook

Minette Church
Faculty profile: Minette Church searches for untold stories
Minette Church has unearthed shards of ceramics, broken toys and other artifacts from people who lived long ago, trying to connect the past to the present.
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Kevin Landis
Landis receives True West Award
Kevin Landis, associate professor, Visual and Performing Arts Department, and director of the Academic Theatre Program, received a 2017 True West Award Dec. 20 from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
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Andrea Herrera
Herrera named campus chief diversity officer
Andrea O’Reilly Herrera, professor, English Department, and director of the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, was named associate vice chancellor for inclusion and academic affairs Jan. 2.
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Alumna, noted author and environmentalist to lead December commencement
A noted author, professor and early UCCS graduate will deliver the university’s fall commencement address Dec. 15 at the Broadmoor World Arena.
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Eugenia Olesinky
Biology faculty earns Quality Matters certification
Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, assistant professor, Biology Department, recently completed the Quality Matters certification for her course BIOL 1350: General Biology II Introduction to the Cell.
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Military Science
UCCS earns gold-level Military Friendly status
UCCS earned gold level recognition for its support of the military community for the second straight year.
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Silver graduates to share stories with new degree holders
Among the “Silver Graduates” who will participate in Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 15 at the Broadmoor World Arena are a pair of educators who took skills earned at UCCS and applied them to life.Read More

Dr. Roger Martinez
Old tensions come to life as medieval Spanish synagogue goes online
Via his 'massive open online course,' professor teaches pupils the world over about Spain's early version of globalization
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Dr. Paul Harvey
Colorado Springs professor who focuses on race and religion wins prestigious award
When you combine the American propensity toward religiosity with the nation's struggles with slavery and segregation, you get an idea of the powerful union of religion and race. It's a relationship Paul Harvey finds fascinating and has made his life's work. 
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Dr. Paul Harvey
Regents name Harvey newest distinguished professor.
Paul Harvey, professor, History Department, joined a prestigious group of faculty to earn the title distinguished at a Nov. 16 meeting of the CU Board of Regents Read More