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

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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

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Film Studies Students Earn Valuable Internships

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Film Studies program sponsors “Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge”
Jun 19, 2018

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Spectator Staff and Dr. Sonora Jha Receive Awards

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Recognized by the Society of Professional Journalist Western Washington Chapter
Jun 15, 2018

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Ballerina Graduate

Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Leta Biasucci in David Dawson’s Empire Noir. Photo: Angela Sterling.

Leta Biasucci Ends Six Years at SU
Jun 8, 2018

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Church and Sport

Father Kelly assists with Catholic Church's first document on sports
Jun 4, 2018

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International Studies alumni receive Fulbright awards

Emily Kawahigashi and Olivia Mejia, International Studies alumni

Emily Kawahigashi, ‘16, and Olivia Mejia, ‘17, begin fellowships in Fall 2018
May 24, 2018

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Fifteen Arts and Sciences Students Named Naef Scholars

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Scholarships made possible by endowment gift from estate of Sue M. Naef
May 18, 2018

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  • 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 SU community. Copies are available in the English Department.

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    Seattle University's student newspaper since 1933.

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