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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News in COAS

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  • COAS Welcomes Mr. Peter Davis as its new Director of the Planetarium.  Peter comes to TAMIU with over two decades of experience managing planetariums and producing planetarium shows.  He is currently overseeing the purchase of a major upgrade to the planetarium's equipment, an upgrade that should dramatically increase the visual and auditory quality of planetarium shows. 
  • Congratulations to COAS 2014 Teachers of the Year, Dr. Mark Menaldo and Dr. Anna Cieslicka, and Scholars of the Year, Dr. Manuel Broncano and Dr. Roberto Heredia.  Dr. Cieslicka was later selected as the TAMIU 2014 University Teacher of the Year, adding that honor to her previous selection as University Scholar of the Year!
  • Congratulations to the Forensics Forum for its success a the national competition of the IPDA in Tennessee.  Amanda Rodriguez won 1st place out of 127 competitors in the novice division; Alberto Soliz placed in the top 16; and Leslie Cortez placed in the top 32.
  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program received NASPAA accreditation this past year. 
  • 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 that provides students with a global perspective.   We bring the world to our students.  Our faculty come to us from a total of 26 different native countries - Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, El Salvador, England, Ghana, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Scotland, 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." 


Dr. Frances Bernat
Associate Dean &
Professor of Criminal Justice


"Welcome to the College of Arts & Science and TAMIU. The college provides wonderful opportunities for students and faculty to explore our local and global communities. In this college, we strive to have engaged learners who are contributing citizens.The academic environment of the college embraces the intellectual, social, and personal development of students and values the contributions made by our faculty and staff. We create an academic environment grounded on an effective education embracing the liberal arts and sciences.To be embedded in the modern academic world requires us to continue to learn and to continue to challenge our assumptions about the world in which we live."


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. Laura Guerrero
Staff Assistant
Phone: 956 .326.2462

Ms. Claudia S. Herrera
Staff Assistant
Phone: 956.326.2463






5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 Work956.326.2100