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College of Arts & Sciences

Academic Excellence.

Service to the community. Global engagement.

The liberal arts: humanities, arts, behavioral & social sciences


Seattle University's largest college with 29 departments, we offer:

We provide programs and advising for:

Our quality liberal arts education allows you to not only master the tools and milieu of the 21st century, but to lead the shaping of that environment from a position of creativity and critical thought, toward a greater good for all.

David V. Powers, PhD Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

The liberal arts imbue our lives with richness and creativity


See, understand, and generate possibility both within and beyond yourself, your community, and our world.

College of Arts & Sciences academic programs involve you in:

  • cutting-edge knowledge and creativity,
  • local and international communities,
  • quality professional opportunities.

Grounded in the Catholic-Jesuit intellectual tradition and respectful of its vision of the human person, we prepare you for:

  • leadership,
  • spiritual growth,
  • responsible citizenship,
  • service.

“Whatever undergraduate major they may choose, students who pursue their major within the context of a broad liberal education substantially increase their likelihood of achieving long-term professional success."

2014 Study, AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

The liberal arts lead to career success


According to a 2014 study:

"93% of employers agree that candidates’ demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major."

Learn more about the value of a liberal arts education

Exploring Women and Gender in the Middle East

SU Women & Gender Studies presents lecture series featuring activists and academics from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia
Oct 20, 2017

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Seattle Public Safety Survey open through Nov. 30

Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott

Research conducted by SU Criminal Justice’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice
Oct 16, 2017

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Call for student papers: Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal

Building and flowers - from the cover of Issue 1 of SUURJ

Seattle U students in good academic encouraged to submit research-focused essays for May 2018 issue
Oct 6, 2017

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Dr. Sonora Jha selected for Barry Lopez Fellowship

Hugo House recognizes writer based in Washington or Oregon with a strong interest in issues of justice and equity and whose work resonates in spirit of author's work
Oct 4, 2017

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Seattle University

Undergraduate

Research Journal

A joint project of the College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department, Office of Sponsored Research Programs, and the Office of the Provost, SUURJ is an online journal published annually, in May of each year.

SUURJ highlights the research achievements of undergraduate students from across the university through a peer-reviewed online publication. It also provides an editorial apprenticeship experience for students through a credit-bearing program that trains students to share stewardship of the journal and learn vital skills in online publishing.