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ARTS & SCIENCES brings together people who value discovery, engagement, and action. Tell us what you're curious about, and we'll help you make your mark:

From Earth and Planetary Sciences: New research shows how the remains of microscopic plankton blooms in near-shore ocean environments slowly sink to the seafloor, setting off processes that forever alter an important record of Earth’s history.

Interior of Graham Chapel with students seated.

Find Your Community.

We’re motivated by a desire to discover solutions to big problems. Tell us what you’re curious about, and we’ll help you make your mark:

From Campus: Arts & Sciences students meet in Graham Chapel for Fall 2021 Orientation.

Photo of the interactive art installation 'Hostile Terrain 94.'

Expand Your World.

We apply critical and creative thinking beyond the task at hand, testing new approaches to challenges facing our world. Tell us what you’re curious about, and we’ll help you make your mark:

From Global Studies and Spanish: The interactive art installation 'Hostile Terrain 94' documents the migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, illustrating the dire situation of migrants attempting to cross the Sonoran Desert.

The WashU Dance Collective premiered 'Supper' digitally on-demand this spring. The work was created to serve as a feast for the virtual senses.

Explore Your Creativity.

ARTS & SCIENCES brings together people who value discovery, engagement, and action. Tell us what you're curious about, and we'll help you make your mark:

From Performing Arts: The WashU Dance Collective premiered 'Supper' digitally on-demand this spring. The work was created to serve as a feast for the virtual senses.

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Student Spotlight: Community Engagement

Three recent Arts & Sciences graduates share their experiences with community-engaged courses at Washington University. The courses took students outside of the classroom to work directly on local environmental advocacy, women's health issues, and more.

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Explore the College of Arts & Sciences

We know that breakthroughs—scientific or creative, academic or personal—happen when ideas collide. At the intersection of it all is the College of Arts & Sciences—a school with no limits on what you can study, learn, and achieve.

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For the Arts & Sciences Community

The university is tracking developments with COVID-19 and remains fully committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

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Arts & Sciences is embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning effort alongside the university's planning process.

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Arts & Sciences has launched a large-scale hiring initiative aimed at bolstering capabilities in data analytics and digital technologies.

Learn more about the Digital Transformation Initiative

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Stories Of Incredible People, Research, Learning, and Leadership Happening In Arts & Sciences

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Featured Podcast:

Influencing democracy

The fifth episode of the American Democracy Lab podcast features author, lecturer, and journalist Anne Nelson discussing the eroding trust in our democracy.

New book challenges assumptions about state supreme courts

In “Judging Inequality,” James L. Gibson and Michael J. Nelson account for 26 years of political maneuvering to influence states’ highest courts.

An SPFD prescribed burn in action. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Myers)

Hot topic: Fire and biodiversity in the Missouri Ozarks

By conducting controlled burns at Tyson Research Center, researchers with the Species-Pool, Fire, and Diversity project seek to understand the impact of fire on the surrounding landscape.