Message from the Dean

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Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. We invite you to explore our website or visit us on campus and discover how we are serving our students and society as a New American University.

Today’s modern universities are transformational entities, agents of change. We generate knowledge that profoundly affects the health, welfare and quality of life worldwide. We serve as a forum for political and social critique and as an incubator for growth and development, transforming our students into socially aware, critically thinking world citizens. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the academic core of ASU, standing at the crossroads of natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

The grand challenges of the 21st century require complex solutions to complicated problems that are historically, culturally and geographically contingent. Society often looks to science in seeking answers to its most perplexing puzzles. We cannot rely on science alone to find solutions. We need the social sciences to place the problems and possible resolutions in the appropriate social contexts and the humanities to imbue the facts and data with meaning. As a scientist, I feel enriched by participating at the intersection with the humanities and social sciences leading an academic community of faculty and students, and contributing to the metamorphosis of a great university.

Patrick J. Kenney
Interim Dean
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences