The Liberal Arts

Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Seattle University's largest college with 31 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

September Faculty News

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Recent College of Arts and Sciences faculty research, scholarship, and publications
Sep 18, 2020

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Project on Family Homelessness Ends 10 Years of Advocacy

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiative on family homelessness, which ended in August, is credited with raising awareness of the issue over the course of a decade.
Sep 9, 2020

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Dr. Quinton Morris First Artist-Scholar in Residence for KING FM

SU Associate Professor and founder of music education organization Key to Change begins inaugural two-year term on September 15
Sep 4, 2020

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Summer institute to welcome 18 scholars from around the world

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Seattle University chosen to host the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars on Religious Freedom and Pluralism, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Aug 25, 2020

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Closing events: "Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art From Saint Louis"

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Curator, Dr. Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Assistant Professor in Arts Leadership, talks about the origins of the exhibition, which closed August 2; final virtual events July 31 and August 1
Jul 27, 2020

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  • Ranked in top 10%

    Ranked in top 10%

    Arts & Sciences/Humanities

  • Top 5% Highest Paid

    Top 5% Highest Paid

    Arts & Sciences/Humanities Graduates

  • Top 15% Best for Non-Traditional Students

    Top 15% Best for Non-Traditional Students

    Arts & Sciences Humanities

    College Factual 2020

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