Michael R. Heithaus

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Interim Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
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Dean's Welcome

As the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), I am honored to lead the largest and most diverse college at FIU. Within our three interdisciplinary schools — the School of Environment, Arts and Society, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity, and the School of International and Public Affairs – Arts & Sciences offers 85 undergraduate and graduate degrees and enrolls over 42,000 students. In 2012-2013, the college had 20,400 majors and graduated more than 4,600 students at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. These students are supported by over 1,100 instructional staff, including 515 faculty and 600 graduate assistants.

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are instructed by, and work alongside, some of the top scholars in the world. They prepare students for future success, not only in our programs and majors, but also in other professional schools such as business, education and engineering. Our faculty pride themselves on being student-centered and provide innovative learning opportunities for students both in person and online as well as through our centers, institutes and core science facilities. These include the one-of-a-kind FIU Aquarius Reef Base, the Center for Children and Families, and the Latin American and Caribbean Center to name a few. We also offer outstanding programs like the Model UN, which has ranked among the top programs in the world and consistently is recognized as the top public university delegation in North America.

Students who complete programs in the college will develop their critical and creative thinking as well as computational, writing and oral presentation skills. Recognizing the rapid pace of change in the world, both undergraduate and graduate students have many opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary programs and to extend their experiences and skills beyond traditional academic disciplines. Upon graduation, Arts & Sciences students are 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. With a foundation for lifetime success, Arts & Sciences alumni are prepared to be lifelong learners who will develop creative real-world solutions.

Faculty and students in the 16 academic departments and 41 research centers, institutes and core research facilities of Arts & Sciences drive the research engine of the university. With over $60 million in research funding in 2013-2014 the College of Arts & Sciences consistently leads the university. Every year, our faculty and graduate students 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!

Arts & Sciences professors and students have also brought national recognition to the university through prestigious honors, including funding from the McArthur Fellows Program, Fulbright Programs, and Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

The incredible efforts of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff and students to engage our local and global communities cannot go unnoticed. Daily, they help invigorate K-12 education; inspire the public with their works; develop and implement critical solutions to ensure sustainable communities and environments; and improve the lives of people around the world.

You will find more information about specific programs of study and outreach initiatives on our websites. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Dean's Office or meet with one of our advisors.


Michael R. Heithaus
Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences