The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of the University of Memphis, an urban research university. The College provides quality undergraduate and graduate education by training students to think critically about their course of study, themselves, and the world around them. Through programs of basic and applied research, the College's faculty and students increase knowledge and address the complex issues, local and global, facing all citizens.

The College of Arts & Sciences offers broad liberal arts experiences to the candidates for its own Undergraduate and Graduate degrees, as well as to the students of other colleges of the University. The college is divided into three grand divisions that include the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.