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Mission and Tradition

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has been a world leader in research and delivering an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education for more than 175 years. Our faculty are on the frontlines of new ideas and pioneering research across every discipline. LSA students gain theoretical and practical skills to turn complex problems into positive solutions.

Our Mission

As a public liberal arts college, LSA’s mission is twofold: 

  • To push the boundaries of what is understood about human experience and the natural world, and 

  • To foster the next generation of rigorous and empathetic thinkers, creators, and contributors to the state of Michigan, the nation, and the world.

An in-depth articulation of LSA’s mission, vision, and values is available on our Strategic Vision website.