Miami is in our hearts. It is the place where we met, where we found our life's friends and where we became adults. We are the professionals we are today because of Miami's experience and education.
~Heidi and Kevin Brundage '98
The Core of a Miami Education
The College of Arts and Science has been the heart and soul of this great university for nearly 200 years. The College serves all Miami students through liberal arts education coursework and helps them become active participants in a complex technological and global society. Degree programs in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities prepare students for a broad range of job opportunities as well as graduate and professional schools. Because of its impact and reach, the College requires unprecedented investment in its students, faculty, and programs. Gifts supporting the College of Arts and Science impact the entire university.
Scholarships and Fellowships
The College's strong reputation and programs attract extraordinarily talented and academically ambitious students to Miami. Today, more than ever, financial assistance is necessary to ensure that the very best students from diverse backgrounds are able to attend. Funds to endow both merit- and need-based awards will allow the College to continue to attract these students.
The College seeks to provide special learning opportunities for every student. Resources to support student initiatives in, and beyond, the classroom will allow students to incorporate meaningful projects and experiences into their educational programs.
Small seminar classes, taught by the College's best faculty, offer writing- and speaking-intensive experiences to first-year students and encourage intellectual interactions and debate with faculty and peers.
Outstanding undergraduates are paired with faculty mentors who sponsor the students' year-long original research or scholarship. These projects and mentoring relationships challenge students' abilities and set directions for further exploration.
Studying abroad promotes cultural understanding, personal growth, and independence. Need-based assistance for travel and program costs is an important benefit the College can offer its students. Expert academic advising ensures that students select the best international programs and make the right choices to meet their educational interests and goals.
Curricular and Teaching Innovations
New courses and programs of study are emerging from interdisciplinary partnerships that cross traditional academic boundaries. Support for the following programs, and others, will keep Miami students working at the frontiers of knowledge.
Departments are meeting students' increased interest in environmental issues by developing courses and lecture series that bring together the best thinking from the natural and social sciences and the humanities.
High-speed computing is changing the way people approach everything from literature to molecular biology. Enhancing course offerings in computation will build stronger quantitative skills among our students.
Digital humanities, interactive media studies, journalism, and other programs are dealing with the transformation of fundamental modes of communication. Understanding and mastering the newest technologies will help students develop the skills they need to work in these fields.
Language, Culture and Society
Competence in international languages and in-depth study of other cultures will broaden students' understanding of their world and prepare them to be active global participants.
To commemorate its bicentennial, Miami University launched its Professorship Initiative, a generous matching gifts program it hopes will inspire funding for 100 endowed faculty positions. Endowed professorships and endowed chairs will allow the College to attract world class scholars who will offer new opportunities for students and enhance Miami's ability to compete with other top universities. All Miami students will benefit from outstanding faculty members in the College of Arts and Science.
Technology and Equipment
Miami University's instructional programs must keep abreast of technological advances that students must master for employment and post-graduate success. Endowment funds will enable the College to continuously renew its technologies and research equipment and to prepare students to succeed in a technological future.
For Love and Honor
With gifts of all sizes from alumni and friends who believe in a liberal arts education, the College of Arts and Science will continue to provide the vital foundation for a Miami education. Please consider investing in the College of Arts and Science during the Bicentennial Phase of The Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor.