College of Arts and Sciences


Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences


"Colleges . . . can only highly serve us, when they aim not to drill, but to create;

when they gather from far every ray of various genius to their hospitable halls, and, by the concentrated fires, set the hearts of their youth on flame."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar"


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  • Dr. Anna Cieslicka, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Ms. Maria del Rosario Benavides, Graduate Assistant in Sociology, were among only 147 Phi Kappa Phi members to be given the PKP "Love of Learning" Award.
  • Dr. Mohamed Ben-Ruwin, retired Professor of Political Science, has been named Professor Emeritus.  Professor Ben-Ruwin has returned to his native Lybia to contribute his expertise in representative government to the formation of a new Lybian constitution and free elections.
  • Drs. Anna Cieslicka, Mónica Muñoz, Paul Niemeyer, Marcus Ynalvez, and Ruby Ynalvez were awared tenure and promoted to associate professor at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program received NASPAA accreditation this past summer. 
  • COAS graduates earn competitive salaries! According to data published by graduates of COAS undergraduate and graduate programs make initial salaries comparative to graduates from other Texas universities.  In fact, English and math majors from TAMIU earn more than similar graduates from any other Texas public university! 
  • What is the value of a liberal arts education from COAS?   According to a recent survey of employers, graduates with liberal arts degrees are among the most sought after new hires.  Of all the job skills most coveted by employers, communication skills continue to rank at the very top of the list, followed by critical thinking skills, and the ability to work collaboratively -- all, of course, skills emphasized in a liberal arts curriculum.  Read more about it:  Millennial Hiring Highlights.  See also the Employer Survey sponsored by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.  Read as well the answer given by deans from across the nation:  Conference of Colleges of Arts & Sciences' Statement on Liberal Education



Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Sciences is the University's largest and most comprehensive academic unit.  The College enjoys a broad mission in teaching, research, creative activities, and service to our international community.  The College prepares students to:

  • Think critically and communicate effectively
  • Increase their knowledge base and appreciate the global nature of their world
  • Participate actively in their education through collaboration with faculty in research and professional activities
  • Become involved as leaders in their communities
  • Pursue postgraduate and professional degrees in a variety of fields

Our graduate programs produce quality professionals with advanced technical and research skills who are dedicated to their discipline and have a desire to improve society.


College Deans


Dr. Thomas R. MitchellDr. Thomas R. Mitchell
Regents Professor


"Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences!  Our college represents our university’s commitment to being an “international” university intent on providing students with a global perspective.   We bring the world to our students.  Our faculty come to us from a total of 24 different native countries - Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, England, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Lybia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam, and, of course, the U.S.A! 

  Our college is the heart of higher education.  We provide the core curriculum classes that provide every student with a liberal arts education.  We offer degree programs in the fine and performing arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, mathematics, and engineering.  In all, students may choose from 35 undergraduate majors, 32 undergraduate minors, and 12 graduate degrees.   In collaboration with Texas A&M University, we also offer a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies.

  With both undergraduate and graduate education, our college’s goal is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and the intellectual and professional skills necessary for a fulfilling and productive life in a global society. 
Our goal also is to increase our already productive and active commitment to original research and publication and to provide innovative programs and services to our community, programs such as those now offered by the Planetarium and the Center for Earth and Environmental Studies (CEES).




Dr. Mott

Dr. Daniel Mott
Associate Dean &
Chair of Department of Biology & Chemistry
Associate Professor of Biology


" Welcome to TAMIU and the College of Arts & Science. The other department chairs and I, along with the faculty, take great pride in the growth of our university and the success of our students. At TAMIU growth and change seem to be the norm. Growth can be disconcerting to some and we work to see that, no matter the changes, students remain our top priority. We appreciate the importance that education has in everyone’s life, not only for financial reward, but to create happy and meaningful lives."


Office Contact Information:

College of Arts and Sciences
5201 University Boulevard
Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center 301
Laredo, TX 78041

Phone: 956.326.2462 
FAX 956.326.2459

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Ms. Hilda V. Dennis
Executive Secretary
Phone: 956 .326.2460

Ms. Juliana Medrano
Staff Assistant
Phone: 956 .326.2462

Ms. Claudia S. Herrera
Staff Assistant
Phone: 956.326.2463






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