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College of Arts & Sciences

Academic Excellence.

Service to the community. Global engagement.

The liberal arts: humanities, arts & social sciences


Seattle University's largest college, we offer:

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 vallue of a liberal arts education

Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature

Ken Allan and Charles Tung, Associate Director and Director, respectively, of SUSI

Eighteen scholars and educators from 18 different countries participate in Seattle University’s first year of international scholarship inititative.
Aug 18, 2017

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Office of Fellowships announces award of prestigious scholarships

Two students, one wearing a black dress with white color, the second posed in front of a field of tulips

Arts and Sciences students Isabelle Jong and Nicole Freitas receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad
Aug 14, 2017

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Summer Faculty Seminar in Teaching Social Justice

Ten faculty members complete 15th annual seminar co-coordinated by David Leigh, SJ, English
Jul 31, 2017

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Director of SU's Bachelors in Social Work program earns doctorate

Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, MSW, LICSW

Dr. Mary Kay Brennan graduated in the first cohort in a new program at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work.
Jul 17, 2017

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2017 Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Awards

Dean Powers recognized outstanding faculty and staff at “All College Day" on June 2.
Jul 5, 2017

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