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

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

We provide programs and advising for:

David V. Powers, PhD

"Our quality liberal arts education allows you to not only master the tools and milieu of the 21st century, but to also 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.
2014 Study

“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

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

Are & Be: Fostering Student Success On Campus and Off, Sat., Oct. 27

Dr. Kimberly Harden, Professor, Communication

Seattle University and Seattle Central College host symposium designed for male students of African and Caribbean descent
Sep 25, 2018

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Pathways to Professional Formation

Tonja Brown, Internship and Mentorship Coordinator in front of tree

Guiding our students on their journey to become graduates who are empowered to lead a meaningful life of purpose
Sep 20, 2018

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Pull Request: Collaborative Code Art

Interior of the Vachon Gallery with people viewing exhibition

Vachon Gallery, September 18 through October 12; reception October 10
Sep 11, 2018

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Hedreen Gallery Announces Upcoming Exhibition: gravity jokes

Dewa Dorje, in Laugh Back (a benefit for NWDC Resistance)

In this experimental exhibition-as-conversation, six artists who create work somewhere on an (imagined?) continuum between traditional sculpture and stand-up comedy tell jokes about gravity and/or jokes with gravity.
Sep 5, 2018

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An Evening with John Kerry, Sept. 17, Campion Ballroom

Former Secretary of State John Kerry

Tickets on sale for conversation about his newest book, "Every Day is Extra"
Aug 22, 2018

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Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom named Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom

Nationally and internationally renowned choral clinician and music educator join Performing Arts and Arts Leadership
Aug 7, 2018

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Seattle University's Central America Initiative

Seattle U alums, Anna Pickett and Andy Gorvetzian

Seattle U alums, Andy Gorvetzian and Anna Pickett, have worked extensively in Nicaragua
Jul 13, 2018

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  • Ranked in top 10%

    Ranked in top 10%

    FOR LIBERAL ARTS

  • Top 5%

    Top 5%

    IN HIGHEST PAID LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATES

  • Top 15%

    Top 15%

    FOR NON-TRADITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS STUDENTS

  • College Factual 2018

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