Cultivating a life of learning through the liberal arts

"There’s something innately pleasurable about learning about something. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the social sciences, the physical sciences or the humanities; it’s just interesting to know things."

-Barbara Schaal
Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor of Biology

This spring, Hold That Thought is featuring sociologists and other faculty to discuss the history and current reality of inequality - and where to go from here.  Read more from Hold That Thought >>

About 500 seventh-grade girls from across the state visited Washington University to learn about careers in STEM. Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, told students that STEM careers are as diverse as they are rewarding.  Read more from The Source >>

When you contribute any amount to the school, program, or scholarship of your choice by April 30, 2017, you will receive a limited-edition WashU license plate frame as a thank you gift. Ride with pride...give today! >>  Questions? Call a staff member today! >>

Nearly 5,000 years ago, the foundations for the vast east-west trade routes of the Great Silk Road were being carved by nomads moving herds to lush mountain pastures, suggests new Arts & Sciences research published in Nature.  Read more from The Source >>

A new era in scientific discovery is about to commence, as Washington University begins a major reimagining of our spaces for teaching and research in the sciences. Learn more about Driving Discovery >> | Read about it at WUSTL News >>

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March 27, 2017

Poet Phillip B. Williams, a 2014 graduate of The Writing Program in Arts & Sciences, is among 10 recipients of the 2017 Whiting Award. The grant...

March 23, 2017

Sara Skrabalak LA02 has been selected to receive a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Fulbright Award to Spain in 2018. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the...

March 23, 2017

On March 23, eight outstanding ArtSci alumni and community members were recognized for their dedication, support, and leadership.  ...