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

News

“Public Policy and the Arts” Project: Seattle Arts Voter Guide

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MFA in Arts Leadership Students Creating Nonpartisan Guide for Upcoming Seattle Primary
Jul 15, 2019

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A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean, Sept. 9 at Seattle U

Sister Helen Prejean

Honorary doctorate recipient returns to Seattle to talk about her new book, "River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey
Jul 8, 2019

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Eighteen Scholars from Eighteen Countries come campus for SUSI 2019

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Third year for Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature at Seattle U
Jul 5, 2019

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Kinesiology offers new graduate degree

Sarah Shultz PhD chair, Kinesiology

Master of Science in Movement Science focuses on evidence-based practice
Jul 3, 2019

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SU Criminal Justice at 36th International Congress on Law and Mental Health

Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott

Twenty-six students, faculty, alumni, and advisory committee members attend under the auspices of Seattle U's Crime and Justice Research Center
Jul 1, 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

    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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  • 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

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