The Liberal Arts

Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Seattle University's largest college with 21 departments and programs, we offer:

We provide programs and advising for:

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.

Pathways to Professional Formation

"During your time as a College of Arts & Sciences student, there will be numerous opportunities for you to explore where you want to take your life. We – faculty, staff, alumni – are committed to helping you through your lifetime journey of professional formation and discernment."

The liberal arts lead to career success

Also from the 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."

What else do employers seek that you will build through your liberal arts education?

75%: more emphasis on ethical decision making
81%: more emphasis on critical thinking and analytic reasoning
89%: more emphasis on written and oral communication

Learn more about the value of a liberal arts education


Seattle University Debate Team continues highly successful year

Photo of a microphone with seats in the background

Four teams advance to US Universities National Championship, competing with 200+ teams from across the country
Apr 15, 2019

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Kinesiology Department hosts first Biomechanics Fair

Students demonstrate biomechanical principles at Biomechanics Fair

Students create hands-on demonstrations of biomechanical principles for more than 40 Rainier Beach High School juniors and seniors
Apr 9, 2019

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Alpha Sigma Nu inducts new members

Logo for Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honor Society

College of Arts and Sciences well represented among new members of the Seattle University Chapter of the Jesuit Honor Society
Apr 5, 2019

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  • Ranked in top 10%

    Ranked in top 10%

    For Arts & Sciences/Humanities

  • Top 5% Highest Paid

    Top 5% Highest Paid

    Arts & Sciences/Humanities Graduates

  • College Factual 2019

  • Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal

    Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal

    Our peer-reviewed online publication provides editorial apprenticeship through a credit-bearing program that trains students to share stewardship of the journal and learn vital online publishing skills.

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  • Fragments


    Our annual literary magazine features the best literature and visual art of the Seattle U community. Copies are available in the English Department.

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    KXSU 102.1 FM

    Seattle U’s student-run radio station is known for rich musical diversity. Great college radio with today's best music from every genre and the latest news and information about SU.

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  • The Spectator

    The Spectator

    Seattle U's student newspaper since 1933. Issues hit the stands every Wednesday with news that is informed, engaging and reflective of the values of the SU community.

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  • Redhawk Entertainment Network

    Redhawk Entertainment Network

    Seattle University's news network with RECord Monday Nights: News, Sports, and Entertainment.

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