Topics: College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to more than 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary curricula. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees. Faculty and students in the college engage in research and work towards earning degrees. Over 16,000 undergraduate students are part of the college. It also has the largest population of graduate students on campus, with around 2,700.

Shuford family donates to entrepreneurship program


The Shuford family from Charlotte, North Carolina made an $18 million donation to the College of Arts and Sciences Tuesday to more than double the size of UNC's undergraduate entrepreneurship program.

The donation is the largest single one-time gift from a living family or individual to the college. At a presentation unveiling the donation on Tuesday afternoon, Chancellor Carol L. Folt said there are goals for the money to be anchored to a $35 million fundraising campaign to further innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC.

Emails show Jay Smith and big-time sports course faced resistance from athletics


After a faculty call for academic freedom brought more attention to the cancellation of history professor Jay Smith’s big-time college sports class, emails from 2016 show the class drew controversy from the beginning.

History faculty say cancellation of Jay Smith's big-time college sports course violated academic freedom


More than 40 members of the history department objected to administrative interference in Professor Jay Smith’s History 383 course on the history of big-time college sports and the rights of athletes in an open statement sent to the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences Friday. 

New physics and math help center is a modern addition to Phillips Hall


The dual Physics/Math Help Center opened its doors in Phillips Hall on Tuesday as a place for help and studying. The former electronics lab is open daily for students needing assistance in either of the two subjects.

New initiative hopes to expand students' engagement with arts and humanities


A new initiative on campus aims to help students engage with the humanities and emphasizes the benefits of a liberal arts education.

Graduate students on minimum stipends aren't earning Orange County's living wage

Some graduate students at UNC are receiving stipends as low as $15,700, well below the living wage in Orange County, and they say they are struggling.

Book award makes STEM textbooks more affordable

Eight first generation college students received textbooks on Friday, thanks to the Hogan Book Award.

Year in Review: Dean search ends with Guskiewicz

After a nearly 11-month process, UNC announced Kevin Guskiewicz as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in October.

Guskiewicz formally introduced as dean to the campus



Kevin Guskiewicz named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences


Kevin Guskiewicz will be the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to a release from the University Thursday.

Kevin Guskiewicz named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Guskiewicz has been named the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to a release from the University.

Guskiewicz, the senior associate dean for natural sciences and a distinguished professor in the Exercise and Sport Sciences department, was one of five finalists for the position — and the only one currently at UNC. 

“Kevin is a natural fit to become the next leader of our vibrant College of Arts and Sciences, which provides students with a critical foundation for learning and discovery every day,” Chancellor Carol L.

Next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to be announced today

The University will announce the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences today in an email to students and staff.

New dean candidate emphasizes the liberal arts


On Thursday morning, one last candidate vying for the deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences discussed interdisciplinary studies and her idea of “the Carolina genius.”

Study abroad initiative sets sail at more than 350 colleges, universities

Over 350 American universities and colleges have already committed to the Generation Study Abroad initiative and the number is growing—but UNC-CH has not.

New dean candidate emphasizes diversity


For O.J. McGhee, hearing that there was still room for the University to grow diversity-wise rang especially true.

Dean candidate supports improving UNC's brand


Kevin Guskiewicz, the current senior associate dean for natural sciences, wants the University to think strategically about its future and establish a brand that differentiates UNC from other schools

UNC announces five candidates for dean of College of Arts and Sciences

In November 2014, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Karen Gil announced she would be leaving her post to return to teaching psychology.

Academic advising, transfer rules dominate committee meeting

Academic advising at UNC is evaluating support services provided to student-athletes. 

Karen Gil to step down in May

After serving since 2009 as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Karen Gil has decided it’s time to step down and give someone else a chance to lead UNC’s largest academic branch through its next phase. 

Dean of College of Arts and Sciences to step down

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will step down at the end of the academic year.

Karen Gil, who has been dean since July 2009, will continue teaching in the psychology department, according to a statement from UNC News.

"There is never a best time to leave a job that you love," Gil wrote in an email to College of Arts and Sciences faculty that was partially printed in the UNC News statement. 

Gil's decision to step down comes as the University continues to digest the contents of the Wainstein report, which uncovered nearly 20 years of academic misconduct in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

Late English professor Darryl Gless ‘taught gusto, love’


Late UNC professor Darryl Gless taught more than English.

Global studies graduation reinstated

The last 24 hours have been an emotional roller coaster for seniors in UNC’s global studies department, but now they can rest assured their graduation ceremony will carry on as scheduled.

Thorp, Carney will leave office at end of month

Throughout Chancellor Holden Thorp’s career, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney stood faithfully beside him to fill in where he was needed.

Plans to implement dance minor begin

Now that the University has approved the addition of a dance minor, plans are being drawn up to make it a reality.

Joint biomedical engineering program grows rapidly in 10 years


With a well-known engineering school 25 miles down the road, UNC is hardly a top option for engineering students.