Our Divisions

Discover Arts & Sciences

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The UW College of Arts & Sciences is a place of discovery—about yourself and the world. We are home to the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences at the University of Washington.

Our Divisions

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What Can You Do in Arts & Sciences?

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Explore the World

As citizens of the world, we’re all more connected than ever. The College’s 39 departments explore those connections through the lens of politics, economics, language, literature, the arts, history, science, health care, race, gender, the environment, and more. 

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Participate in Research

Vital research is happening in every Arts & Sciences department. Students examine ethical issues raised by technology, review CIA documents for human rights cases, study new gene mutations, and explore other pressing questions, often working alongside faculty.

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Embrace the Arts

The College's arts offerings include classes in everything from glassblowing to salsa dancing to acting to jazz improvisation. We also offer more than 300 performance each year, which UW students can attend for free or at greatly reduced prices.

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Prepare for Your Future

Our students develop the foundational skills and flexibility of mind to succeed, even if the employment landscape changes. We offer college-to-career programs, including mentorship programs with Amazon and Microsoft, exclusively for Arts & Sciences students.

Learn More About Our Divisions

Arts

The Arts Division provides conservator-level training in the performing and visual arts, grounded in scholarship and critical thinking that are at the core of an Arts & Sciences education.

Humanities

Through the study of language, literature, and culture, Humanities students explore the human experience from diverse perspectives.

Natural Sciences

Students in the Natural Sciences—including the mathematical, physical, and life sciences—learn from leading scientists who share their sense of curiosity and discovery.

Social Sciences

The Social Sciences focus on the complexity of the human community, exploring through various disciplines how people develop group identities, ensure cooperation, manage conflict, and regulate power.