University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences
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Established 1910
Type Liberal arts college
Academic affiliation University of Florida
Location Gainesville, Florida,
United States
Dean Dave Richardson
Students 14,000
Undergraduates 12,000
Postgraduates 2,000
Alumni 146,000+
Bartram Hall

The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the college for the liberal arts and sciences of the University of Florida, and the largest of the university's 16 academic colleges. Most core curriculum classes and 42 majors and minors are part of the college. The university reports that more than 700 faculty members teach at least 35,000 students each year, with more than 12,000 undergraduates pursuing a degree from the college and 2,000 graduate students are also attaining graduate degrees in the college.[1]

The college faculty have received a variety of national and international awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, Senior Fulbright Awards, National Science Foundation Fellowships, Presidential Young Investigator Awards and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. They hold memberships in the National Academy of Science, the Nobel Prize Committee, the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh.[3]

CLAS students have numerous scholarships and awards for their academic performance. During the past several years, CLAS students have been recognized as a Rhodes Scholar, Barry Goldwater Scholars, Harry Truman Scholars, and James Madison Scholars.[2]

National Rankings according to US News (2008 edition)[edit]

Department Ranking
Physics 35th overall
Computer Science 47th overall
Chemistry 34th overall
Biological Sciences 48th overall
Mathematics 56th overall
Earth Science 60th overall
Criminology 11th overall
Economics 44th overall
English 46th overall
History 46th overall
Political Science 48th overall
Sociology 46th overall
Statistics 9th overall


Centers and institutes[edit]

Deans of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences[edit]

Years Dean
1910—1934 James N. Anderson
1934—1947 Townes R. Leigh
1948—1971 Ralph E. Page
1972—1978 Calvin A. VanderWerf
1978—1988 Charles F. Sidman
1988—2000 Willard W. Harrison
2000—2007 Neil S. Sullivan
2007—2008 Joe Glover (interim)
2008—2014 Paul D'Anieri
2014— Dave Richardson
Deans of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Paul D'Anieri Joseph Glover


  • In all CLAS generates about $50 million in total research expenditures for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the College." University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ 2008-2009 research funding

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