Message from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Letters & Science
Nicol C. Rae, Dean, College of Letters and Science
Thank you for your interest in the College of Letters and Science, the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University. The college offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education with 45 options within our 18 majors, 33 minors and over 35 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences. Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry.
Our students engage in dialogue with dedicated teachers and work side-by-side with distinguished researchers and scholars. Together they participate in projects at the forefront of science and technology, solve pressing social problems, explore diverse values and cultures, and inform contemporary cultural debate in areas such as politics, philosophy and literature.
Encouraged to pursue their curiosity in a multitude of areas, students in the College of Letters and Science learn to think critically and solve problems, to communicate clearly, to understand the complexities of the world, and to develop the engagement that will make them life-long learners and leaders.
Across every discipline in the college, our students achieve at high levels. We are proud that our undergraduate students have been regularly recognized with national awards, including the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in math and science, the Alice Schafer Award for the outstanding female math student in the nation, the Mitchell Scholarship for potential national leaders, the Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service, and the Rhodes Scholarship which is arguably the most prestigious scholarship in the world. Awards such as these testify to the high quality of the College of Letters & Science and to our genuine concern for students.
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Nicol C. Rae