Dean's Welcome

Kenneth G. Furton

 Dean Furton Portrait

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College of Arts & Sciences

Dean's Welcome

As the sixth permanent dean in the history of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), I am honored to lead the academic unit that is the heart of the University. The founding college at FIU, CAS is the largest of the University’s fourteen schools and colleges and the one most central to the mission of the University. The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for future success, not only in our programs and majors, but also in other professional schools such as business, education, and engineering. Our students are also poised to engage in graduate studies in their disciplines, to enroll in a professional school (e.g., medicine, law), or to embark on their careers. The faculty in Arts and Sciences provide students with the foundation for lifetime success by training them to be lifelong learners who are critical thinkers able to evaluate problems and to develop creative real-world solutions.

CAS offers the most diverse educational experience at FIU, awarding 64 academic degrees in 29 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs and enrolling more than 23,500 students. The College has more than 16,938 majors as of Fall 2012 and graduates over 2,900 students each year at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. In its core curriculum courses as well as those required for the majors, the College faculty take great pride in providing learning opportunities for students, particularly those aimed at improving critical thinking, and computational, writing, and oral presentation skills. In addition to studying the traditional disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate students have many opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary programs.

CAS faculty and students in 17 academic departments, 16 core research facilities, and 9 Centers and Institutes drive the research engine of the university. The academic research and instructional mission involves the efforts of 1,115 instructional staff, including 420 faculty, 481 graduate teaching assistants, and 428 adjunct faculty. CAS is largely responsible for teaching the University Core Curriculum (UCC) to undergraduates, as well.

We are also the leaders in the University's research and scholarship efforts. Undergraduate and graduate students work side by side with world-class teacher-scholars in our many state-of-the-art research facilities; they present the results of their research at national conferences and publish them in prestigious journals. With world renowned faculty in a variety of fields, the College’s signature programs in biomedical and behavioral, environmental, and international studies address the most pressing issues in today’s society.

Every year, our faculty write hundreds of refereed scholarly articles and books and are regularly invited to present their research at national and international conferences. We are extremely proud of our award-winning faculty, staff, and students as well as of our alumni, many of whom hold leadership positions across the nation and around the world.

CAS faculty consistently generate the largest amount of extramural grants of any College at FIU with just over $52 million in fiscal year 2010-2011 and associated indirect costs (IDC, F&A). CAS professors and students also have brought national recognition to the University through such prestigious honors as the McArthur Foundation (“Genius Award”) Fellowship, Fulbright scholarship/Fellowship, and Truman scholarship.

Please explore our websites to learn more about our programs of study. If you have any questions or would like additional information about any of our programs, please contact the Dean's Office to meet with one of our advisors, who will be happy to assist you.

All the best,

Kenneth G. Furton Dean,
College of Arts and Sciences