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.

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

Dr. Tom Taylor, "Semester at Sea," Fall 2022

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Travel is an integral component in teaching history for this professor
Jan 26, 2023

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2023 Summer Faculty Fellows

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Five Arts and Sciences faculty members receive support for their efforts to build on previous scholarly or creative endeavors or to move projects in a new direction
Jan 13, 2023

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College of Arts and Sciences Student and Alumni News: December 2022

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Debate team headed to Nationals and an alum recognized for activism onstage with Lizzo
Dec 20, 2022

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College of Arts and Sciences Faculty News: December 2022

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Leading students on a migration justice immersion program, publishing widely, bringing storytelling skills to the Seattle Kraken, and more
Dec 19, 2022

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Driving Change: Student and Faculty Research

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One of the hallmarks of Seattle University’s Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics Department is the opportunity for our students to participate in deep, meaningful research.
Dec 9, 2022

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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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    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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