at the intersection of it all
Arts & Sciences is the heart of Washington University and comprises the core disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Our school includes departments ranging from English and Mathematics to Political Science and Anthropology. In addition to departments of international renown, our programs and research centers provide a platform for faculty and student collaboration across the traditional academic subject areas, creating new interdisciplinary studies.
The mission of Arts & Sciences is to advance innovative research that reaches a broad public and fosters new discoveries, and to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, preparing students for civic responsibility, work, and life through impactful collaborations with the St. Louis community and across the world.
To learn more about the history of Arts & Sciences and see a listing of our past Deans, please visit this page.
our strategic plan:
In 2021, Arts & Sciences is embarking on a comprehensive school-level strategic planning effort, informed by the foundational pillars and themes identified by our University’s leadership. Our aspiration is to be a global model of a school of arts and sciences in three key dimensions:
- A world-class research enterprise that fosters discovery and innovation
- A first-rate liberal arts college that prepares students to change the world
- A diverse and inclusive community where all faculty, staff, and students can fulfill their potential
The success of Arts & Sciences' strategic planning hinges on thoughtful, authentic engagement with our entire community. We invite you to visit our strategic planning website to learn more about the process and share your thoughts and ideas throughout the coming months.