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


Faculty News, October 2021

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The latest research, publications, and interviews from Arts and Sciences
Oct 18, 2021

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Connecting to the World Virtually

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Under the leadership of Associate Professor Serena Cosgrove, PhD, '85, the Central America Initiative's partner schools engage in outreach, programming and research throughout Nicaragua, including the isolated Caribbean Coast, and in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Oct 6, 2021

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Faculty News: September 2021

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Arts and Sciences faculty share research and scholarship; contribute their expertise through the media
Sep 30, 2021

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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

  • 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

    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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