Our curricula are designed to help students not only master content but develop a desire for intellectual inquiry and understanding. It is designed to give students the ability to turn information into knowledge and knowledge into action. We stress proficiency, creativity, connections, and experience. We support flexibility and focus on individual student growth and development but place the individual within the broader context of human culture and the natural world. Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields, known for fostering debate, and for influencing thought and ideas. Our faculty excel at both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Our faculty compete successfully with, and collaborate with, faculty at other top- tier institutions. Our faculty serve on national and international panels, organize workshops and conferences, provide commentary and advice, and perform and exhibit nationally and internationally.