Goals, Vision, + Strategic Plan

Great Careers

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences' primary goal is to provide great careers for individuals within a market that demands innovation, creative problem solving, and a strong understanding of their field’s body of knowledge.

Land-Grant Mission

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the embodiment of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 which established the Land-Grant University’s mission to “promote the liberal and practical education” for the practical benefit of North Dakota Citizens.

Student Focused

Our students are typically leaders in their studies and their service in such organizations as Freedom by Design, Bison Arts Singers, and the Debate club. See myNDSU to search for student organizations. 


Our intention is to become a leading college of arts, humanities and social sciences in the Upper Midwest region, acknowledged for our scholarly and creative excellence and our ability to prepare students to become creative, engaged, and transformative citizens and leaders.


The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a core entity at North Dakota State University. Our teaching, research, and creative activities, demonstrate our commitment to the development of enlightened students and community members, to addressing the complexities of human experience, to promoting equality and fairness for all citizens, and to fulfilling the university’s land grant mission.

Strategic Goals
  • To provide effective and innovative approaches that enhance student learning.
  • To engage in exemplary scholarship and creative activity, leading to significant publications and performances.
  • To enrich, educate, and serve the public.
  • To promote equity and diversity on campus and strive to develop a global perspective in our students, faculty, and community.
  • To attract talented students, faculty, and staff to sustain high quality academic programs.
Research + Creative Activities

Our College’s faculty and graduate students conduct cutting-edge research and creative activities that contribute to NDSU’s ranking as a TOP 100 Research University in the country. Each year our College has $2.2 million in research grants, 187 research publications, and 350+ performances and creative exhibits.

Service Opportunities

Our College serves the great State of North Dakota in many ways, such as the ND Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU Press, the Center for Social Research (CSR). Additionally, many of our faulty conduct research that directly serves North Dakota citizens and the region.

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