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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.


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What Can You Do in Arts & Sciences?

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As citizens of the world, we’re all more connected than ever. The College explores those connections through the lens of politics, economics, language, literature, the arts, science, race, gender, the environment and more, and through 100+ study abroad programs. More about study abroad

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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. More about research

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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 performances each year, which UW students can attend for free or at greatly reduced prices. More about the arts

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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 externship programs with Amazon and Microsoft, exclusively for Arts & Sciences students. More about externships

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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.


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.