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Dean James White stands in front of the window with Old Well in background.Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences, the place many call the heart and soul of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The College is where all incoming Carolina students spend their first year and sophomore years. Although some students will go on to enter one of the undergraduate professional schools, more than three-quarters of all Carolina students will graduate from the College, selecting one or more majors from the dozens offered by our 43 academic departments and curricula.

If this is your first year at Carolina, welcome! You are a member of the pioneering class who will experience our new general education curriculum, IDEAs in Action, which debuts this year. (If you are a returning student, rest assured that your degree requirements haven’t changed midstream; you will continue under the curriculum in place when you were admitted.) Regardless of how long you have been here, be sure to take advantage of the breadth of our offerings both inside and outside the classroom. The College’s footprint extends far beyond campus to facilities on the North Carolina coast and to Winston House in London. We offer everything from ROTC to opera, from data science to entrepreneurship to writing for the screen and stage. We are the home to Southern Futures, the Program for Public Discourse and PlayMakers Repertory Company. And so much more.

I am a newcomer to the University myself — this is my first year at Carolina and you can read more about me here — but I am no stranger to UNC’s reputation as one of the world’s preeminent public research institutions and the College of Arts and Sciences as one of the best places in the nation to receive a broad-based liberal arts education. I strongly believe such an education prepares you for whatever the future may hold, and it is a privilege to be part of this effort and ensure that this tradition continues as we prepare our students to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators.

I encourage you to learn more about the College by exploring this website. For the latest news and updates from the College of Arts and Sciences, follow @unccollege on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


James W.C. White

Craver Family Dean

UNC College of Arts and Sciences

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