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


Eight Faculty Members Receive Student Assistantship Awards

Graphic with computer and pen

Opportunities for students to support faculty scholarship and creative work.
Feb 14, 2019

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2019 Alumni Awards Include Two Arts and Sciences Alums

Letter A to represent Alumni Awards

Gretchenrae Campera, '08, Outstanding Recent Alumna and Kathleen Schafer, '81, University Service, among five honorees
Feb 13, 2019

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2018-19 Seattle U Debate Team Shines

Members of the SU Debate Team

Hard Work Earns Great Results in Competitive Tournaments
Jan 29, 2019

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Seattle U Film Studies Sponsors Major Conference

Society for Cinema and Media Studies to Meet in Seattle, March 13-17
Jan 22, 2019

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  • College Factual 2018

College of Arts & Sciences Calendar

  • 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

    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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